Turning Outward Toward Your Community

Can you shout from the tabletops the highest hopes of your community members? Were you asked at the grocery store what your neighbors want for their future, would you be able to answer accurately?
The 21st Century innovative library isn’t innovative because it has the most iPads or virtual reality goggles – innovation is knowing and serving the true needs and hopes of your community with resources unique to your library. Innovation is the meeting of your strengths and the community’s aspirations.
The Obligation of Innovation
The Obligation of Innovation talk from R. David Lankes – Long, but worth it
In order to successfully match the library’s strengths, the library’s trustees, staff, and director have to know, in real terms, the aspirations of all the communities the library serves. Public knowledge, the information gained through listening to your community about their aspirations, challenges, and solutions, is vital to planning and building library service. We’ll explore tools to gather public knowledge and how it’s used in planning at our upcoming workshop Turning Outward: Community Feedback for Planning & Evaluating from 6 pm to 7:30 pm on Tuesday, April 25th at the Cuba Circulating Library. To register, please click here.
Upcoming Events
How can your library help breath new life into a strong, sustainable community?  In this workshop you will practice the full cycle of asking the right questions and using the feedback you receive to make effective and responsive library action steps. There will be a lot of walking, talking, and sharing of ideas. Location: Cuba Circulating Library, Cuba…»
Please join us for an information session designed for library professionals who serve members of our immigrant community, or for those simply interested in understanding the naturalization process. A basic review of the path to citizenship will be presented by US Citizenship and Immigration Services personnel, with more in-depth information regarding how to best prepare applicants for their Citizenship interview. Location: Fred & Harriett Taylor Memorial Library, Hammondsport…»
In this webinar, Margo will walk you through all the steps in applying for Construction Aid through STLS and any changes new to this year’s process. This session will be recorded and posted on our website afterward. Please register to receive the GoToMeeting link, which will allow for attendance by phone or computer. Location: Remote via GoToMeeting…»
National expert in children’s programming, Betsy Diamant-Cohen will help us transform storytimes for the 21st Century–learning styles, child development, Apps and much more to create an enhanced storytime. Connecting theories with practical, nitty-gritty details for organizing and presenting storytimes. Don’t miss this one! Lunch is provided. Location: STLS Headquarters…»
For all upcoming events, please visit the STLS program calendar.
As ever, please contact me with questions, concerns, and ideas.
In turning outward,
Margo Gustina
Trustee Consultant