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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

(Send Other Suggestions to Nancy Kranich

Join Us. Bring Your Colleagues

 Related Meetings of Interest

 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

Join the Conversation at ALA in San Francisco, Sunday, June 28, 8:30 am, MCC 111 N

Libraries Foster Community Engagement

Membership Initiative Group  

2015 ALA Annual Conference – San Francisco CA

Sunday, June 28, 2015, 8:30 – 10:00 am


CE MIG Agenda 6-28-15

1.    Harwood Institute,/ALA Partnership Community of Practice—Come share your interests/experiences in community engagement

2.    Kettering Ecology of Democracy Book Discussion Groups

3.    Community/Civic Engagement Activities Around the Country

(Send Other Suggestions to Nancy Kranich

Join Us. Bring Your Colleagues

Related Meetings of Interest

SATURDAY, JUNE 27 – 8:30am – 10:00am Turning Outward to Lead Change in Your Community: Aspirations MCC Esplanade 301 & 303

SATURDAY, JUNE 27 – 10:30am – 12:00pm Turning Outward to Lead Change in Your Community: Turn Quiz  MCC Esplanade 301 & 303

SATURDAY, JUNE 27 – 1:00pm – 2:30pm Turning Outward to Lead Change in Your Community: Intentionality MCC Esplanade 301 & 303

SATURDAY, JUNE 27 – 3:00pm – 4:30pm Turning Outward to Lead Change in Your Community: Sustaining Yourself  MCC Esplanade 301& 303

SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 5:00 – 6:00 pm Libraries Fostering Community Engagement Reception Marriott Marquis San Francisco Pacific Suite B

 Saturday, Monday, 8:30 am, 10:30 am; 1:00 pm; 3:00 pm Kitchen Table Community Conversations, (1½ hour conversations). Sign up to facilitate, record, and/or join the conversations—MARR Marquis Walnut Room 

Follow the ALA Center for Civic Life


Libraries Foster Community Engagement ALA Connect: 

Subscribe to ALA’s Civic Engagement listserv:

Learn to convene and moderate forums at:

CE MIG Agenda 2-1-15 with meeting notes

Who Do I Trust to Protect My Privacy? Privacy Conversation Deliberative Forum, Thursday, June 22, 1:00 – 5:00 pm, New Orleans Public Library

Who Do I Trust to Protect My Privacy?

Privacy Conversation Deliberative Forum

And Moderator Training

Sponsored by

ALA Intellectual Freedom Round Table and

The ALA Center for Public Life


A FREE Preconference

Thursday, June 23, 2011, 1:00 – 5:00

New Orleans Public Library


Join an afternoon conversation on privacy Thursday, June 23rd, from 1:00 to 5:00 at the New Orleans Public Library, 219 Loyola Avenue.  The conversation will be structured with an Issue Map.  Following the dialogue, participants will learn how to convene and moderate a deliberative dialogue so they can host their own local forums that explore privacy values and concerns.


Download forum materials including the Issue Map here

Register: Bryan Campbell:

Registration in advance encouraged; Walk in registration accepted


For More Information, contact: Nancy Kranich,; Bryan Campbell:




Civic Engagement in an Older America Published by the Gerontological Society of America

A new book: Civic Engagement in an Older America was just published by The Gerontological Society of America.  The book  includes a graphic highlighting “The Civic Enterprise” which the author describes as a new network of private, public, and nonprofit organizations that advances opportunities for employment, lifelong learning, volunteering, advocacy, and public service in later life. Among other examples, the graphic highlights the Lifelong Access Libraries initiative.  Below is a blurb from the catalog, which is available here and includes a sneak peek inside the book’s foreword and introduction.

Civic Engagement in an Older America
Product Type:    PUBLICATION_CE
Non-member Price:    $80.00
Member Price:    $60.00

To highlight and advance research on civic engagement in later life by bringing together “classic” articles previously published in GSA’s The Journals of Gerontology Series A and Series B and The Gerontologist with new articles that review the state-of-the-science to date for a particular area of civic engagement, identify research gaps, and provide direction for future research.

Broadcast schedule Of Computers, Freedom, and Privacy in a Networked Society — the 20th annual CFP conference

Given the interest in privacy and our recent forums, I thought that this would be of interest to the readership of this blog.

Broadcast schedule Of Computers, Freedom, and Privacy in a Networked
Society — the 20th annual CFP conference.


9:30: Opening remarks
9:45: Privacy and Free Speech: It’s Good for Business
11:15: Online Information Brokers and Privacy: Where’s the Balance?
1:00: Presentation of the ACM SIGCAS Making a Difference award and Intro to the Privacy Enhancing Technology Fair
1:15: Activism and Social Networking: Advocating for Privacy
2:45: Bills of rights for social network sites
5:00: Keynote: The Importance of the Accountable and Privacy-Centric Organization in the Cloud Era: Why Privacy Matters (Peter Cullen, Microsoft)


9:30: Can we be smart and private: Intelligent Transportation Systems
11:00: History of Cypherpunks
12:30 – 7:00: Rebroadcast of Tuesday sessions, Details TBD


9:30: Keynote: Human Rights and the Web (Kent Walker, Google)
11:15: Can an App Do That?
1:00 – 7:00: Rebroadcast of Tuesday sessions, Details TBD
7:00: Twitter chat on the #BillOfRights hashtag


9:30: Robots and Civil Liberties
11:00: Cybersecurity Policy and the Role of .Orgs
1:00: Announcement of CFP 2011
1:15: A Social Network Users’ Bill of Rights: Debate
3:30: A Social Network Users’ Bill of Rights: Voting

Our Budget; Our Economy Forums

For the past few months, I have been working with the AmericaSpeaks initiative, Our Budget; Our Economy. This unprecedented National Town Meeting will bring together thousands of people at sites across the country simultaneously deliberating the fiscal future of our country and the long-term impact of our rising debt. Even better, the report from these town meetings will be shared with the President’s Commission charged to develop recommendations to deal with our spiraling debt and the burden it will place of future generations.

This National Town meeting will take place on June 26 in the following communities:

Abuquerque, NM
Augusta, ME
Casper, WY
Chicago, IL
Columbia, SC
Dallas, TX
Des Moines, IA
Detroit, MI
Grand Forks, ND
Jackson, MS
Los Angeles, CA
Louisville, KY
Missoula, MT
Overland Park, KS
Philadelphia, PA
Portland, OR
Portsmouth, NH
Richmond, VA
San Jose, CA

I am pleased to see that Donna Lauffer and her dynamic staff in Overland Park, KS will be one of the host sites!

I know this is taking place during ALA Conference. I’m the Dallas Site Manager so you know you won’t be seeing me in DC! But not everyone will be in DC in June. Some of you have to stay behind to hold down the fort!

If any of you are in these areas and are free on June 26th, this will be an amazing experience. Get involved by signing up to participate at, or hone your facilitation skills and sign up to be a facilitator. ( There will be telephone training sessions in advance. (see schedule at:

Of course, if you are in the area, I’m sure the organizers would LOVE for you to help promote the event through your network. Next to the registration link for each site is the option to email the host.

If you are not in the area of the sites mentioned, consider hosting your own community conversation. You can host a community conversation:

I think it would be great if libraries had great involvement in this project.


Knight Foundation Commits $70 Million to Advance “Informed Engaged Communities”


Knight Foundation Commits
$70 Million to Community Foundations Nationwide

Initiative Aims to Advance “Informed, Engaged Communities”

MIAMI (Jan. 7, 2010) The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced today that it intends to invest $70 million over the next seven years to community foundations serving cities and towns where the Knight brothers owned newspapers.

The new Community Foundation Initiative will deepen Knight Foundation’s focus on fostering informed, engaged communities.

“Information is an essential community need and community foundations were established to meet core needs,” said Alberto Ibargüen, Knight Foundation’s president and CEO. “They also only exist and thrive because of community engagement and contributions. That makes them ideal partners to help us understand and advance local community engagement, focused on ensuring that these communities have the information they need to manage their affairs in our democracy.”

A new position will be created at Knight Foundation’s Miami headquarters to direct the initiative.

“Our goal is to better coordinate and focus our initiatives in the Knight communities and use our resources in the most effective way possible,” said Trabian Shorters, Knight Foundation’s vice president for communities. “The new director will work together with foundation staff and advisory committees in each Knight community to guide the local foundations on use of the funds.”

Community foundations make contributions to local groups from funds established by individuals, families, businesses and others to address needs in specific geographic areas. These organizations offer a national funder like Knight the benefit of their grassroots grasp of issues. The grants will help community foundations enlarge their donor-advised funds supporting the work of local non-profits.

From 2000 to 2007, Knight contributed a total of $69 million to create donor-advised funds at 25 community foundations. At $70 million, this new initiative doubles Knight’s current investment in community foundations.

Knight Foundation officials have begun reaching out to community foundations in the 26 Knight communities eligible to participate in the program.

The following are Knight communities: Aberdeen, S.D., Akron, Ohio, Biloxi, Miss., Boulder, Colo., Bradenton, Fla., Charlotte, N.C., Columbia, S.C., Columbus, Ga., Detroit, Mich., Duluth, Minn., Fort Wayne, Ind., Gary, Ind., Grand Forks, N.D., Lexington, Ky., Long Beach, Calif., Macon, Ga., Miami, Fla., Milledgeville, Ga., Myrtle Beach, S.C., Palm Beach, Fla., Philadelphia, Pa., San Jose, Calif., St. Paul, Minn., State College, Pa., Tallahassee, Fla., Wichita, Kan.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote community engagement and lead to transformational change. For more, visit

Media Contact: Marc Fest, Knight Foundation, 305-908-2677;

This message was sent from Knight Foundation to It was sent from: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, 200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 3300, Miami, FL 33131.

Using Virtual Reality for Stakeholder Engagement: An Online Conference in Second Life®

Thursday, July 16, 2009
11am-5pm Eastern

Presented by PublicDecisions
Co-sponsored by
§         Learning Times
§         NY University Law School/Institute for Information Law and Policy
§         Public Agenda

§         Involve
§         National Issues Forum Institute
Why just talk with stakeholders about environmental management (or any other subject)? Let them experience it!

Conducted entirely in the virtual world Second Life, this one-day conference will provide you with the opportunity to experience and learn about the possibilities of hosting stakeholder learning events using virtual reality.

You’ll participate in presentations (including a virtual deliberation held in Second Life), discussions . . . even “field trips” that demonstrate how virtual reality is being used for stakeholder learning today.

What You’ll Learn:
► The benefits and drawbacks of working with stakeholders in Second Life, including when it’s appropriate, efficient and effective—and when it’s not
â–º How Second Life differs from other technologies used for stakeholder engagement
► How Second Life can be used for a range of subject areas, including—but not limited to—environmental management
► Tips for using Second Life effectively, including how to access existing “islands” or spaces within Second Life’s virtual world and how to create your own space

View the conference agenda

No Experience Needed
You don’t need prior experience with Second Life to attend, but you will need to create a Second Life account (it’s free) in order to participate.

An orientation for registrants new to Second Life (and those who want a refresher) will be provided prior to the conference.

Online, in Second Life

Seats are Limited to the First 75 Registrants
$75 USD for Circle Club members, $85 USD for nonmembers

Registration includes the PublicDecisions post-event report, “Using Virtual Reality for Stakeholder Engagement”

Not a Circle Club member? Join now. Membership is free and you can unsubscribe at any time.

QUESTIONS? Contact Paul Coelus

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