ALA President Maureen Sullivan and Rich Harwood, founder and president of The Harwood Institute, announce groundbreaking initiative

On Saturday, American Library Association President Maureen Sullivan and Rich Harwood, founder and president of the Harwood Institute, held a press conference at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle to announce the beginning of  the “Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities” Initiative, a new partnership between ALA and the Harwood Institute of Public Innovation.

Funded through a grant from IMLS, the multi-phase initiative’s goal is to provide librarians with the tools and training they need to lead their communities in finding innovative solutions by advancing library-led community engagement and innovation.

Following the announcement, Sullivan and Harwood answered questions from the press.

During the press conference, Sullivan and Harwood talked about how the impact of the initiative will be gauged.

Earlier that day, Sullivan led a panel that included Harwood, Tim Henkel, president and CEO of Spokane County United Way, and Carlton Sears, past director at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County and now a certified coach with the Harwood Institute.

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