Author Archives: Nancy Kranich

Nathan Cummings Foundation to Increase Payout in 2017-18

The Nathan Cummings Foundation in New York City has announced that it will increase its payout in 2017 and 2018 and is encouraging other philanthropic organizations to do the same…

To that end, the foundation, which last August announced a shift in its grantmaking focus to address climate change and inequality, will put additional resources into forging and deepening coalitions, exploring new ideas, and making room for big bets in emerging areas and is in the process of identifying grantmaking strategies and opportunities for collaboration across its focus areas, including support for journalists, especially those representing marginalized communities; strengthening civic engagement; investing in resilience practices; and building bridges across social and economic divides…read more



You’re More Powerful than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen by Eric Liu

Eric Liu, founder of Citizen’s University, has published a new book: You’re More Powerful than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen (Public Affairs).  This book offers a timely perspective on bottom-up citizen power and elaborates on Liu’s recent article in the Atlantic:  “How Donald Trump Is Reviving American Democracy.”  An interview with Liu on the WNYC Leonard Lopate show highlighted the important role of local citizen dialogue at spaces like libraries.  Here’s a recording of the interview:

–Nancy Kranich



ALA Libraries Foster Community Engagement Membership Initiative Group Meeting, Sunday, January 10, 2016, Boston MA, BCEC 157C

Libraries Foster Community Engagement

Membership Initiative Group  

2016 ALA Midwinter Conference – Boston, MA

Sunday, January 10, 8:30 – 10:00 am

Boston Convention Center 157C



  1. Harwood Institute,/ALA Partnership Community of Practice—LTC Library Innovators Cohort funded by the Gates Foundation; and link to new Libraries Transform Communities Resources
  2. Libraries Learning Research Exchange with the Kettering Foundation around the Kettering 6 Democratic Practices
  3. Community/Civic Engagement Activities Around the Country

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 Saturday, Sunday, Monday, 8:30 am, 10:30 am; 1:00 pm; 3:00 pm Kitchen Table Community Conversations, Westin Adams Room (1½ hour conversations). Click on to facilitate, record, and/or join the conversations.

CE MIG Agenda 1-10-16