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The Office of Commonwealth Libraries has engaged The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation to work with up to 20 competitively-selected Pennsylvania public libraries from November 2017 through September 2019 to understand and implement Harwood’s ‘turning outward’ approach toward making decisions about library services and resources.
The intent of the Turning Outward initiative is to:
  • Develop library organizations and staff who are Turned Outward—where the community is the reference point for making decisions;
  • Generate strategies and actions that make public libraries more relevant and significant in the life of the community, and seeks to address local
       financial concerns;
  • Forge partnerships and relationships that make community a common enterprise;
  • Instill a more vibrant, outward-looking culture.
Interested libraries must submit competitive applications summer 2017 to be considered for the program. Applications will be reviewed to determine each library’s readiness to participate; and to ensure that a cross-section of library service area sizes and Pennsylvania’s geographic diversity are well-represented.
This project is made possible by federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.