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Turning Outward Initiative    

Pilot Project Libraries Selected 

The Office of Commonwealth Libraries has engaged The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation (Bethesda, MD) to work with seventeen competitively-selected Pennsylvania public libraries from Nov. 2017 through Sept. 2020 to understand and implement Harwood’s “turning outward” approach toward making decisions about library services. 


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.
For questions about the Turning Outward initiative, email      

IMLS Funding Acknowledgement

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.