Professional Development & Leadership
The ALA’s Future of the Library Collective Impact statement cites Kania and Kramer who define “collective impact” as bringing together significant leaders to explore and act on a “common agenda.” Boston Public Library and Boston Public Schools Library Services collaborated and co-hosted a citywide, Literacy Summit (BLS) on October, 2016. BLS brought together leaders of literacy-oriented organizations and institutions, parochial, charter and civic leaders; corporate funders and foundation representatives. Keynote, Susan Goodman, presented her compelling book, The First Step depicting the first, US desegregation case in 1847 Boston. BLS participants took “first steps” to explore institutional target populations, service areas, replications, omissions. They created a city-wide literacy vision including shared summer reading programs, advantaging students with book festivals and more. The common agenda serves as a map for ensuring 24-7-364 access to literacy resources and supports for all children, from birth to independence.
Workshop attendees learn about and preliminarily plan a literacy summit for their service area communities. Collective impact theory and equitable access to enriching literacy experiences are integrated into a twenty minute introductory presentation of the school/public library collaboration, how the summit was convened, the use of professional facilitators, keynote ideas, corporate support and summit logistics. Then a tight, 10 minute Q & A segues into the active learning component of this workshop.
A Literacy Summit Concept Plan writing prompt provides participants 5 minutes to generate a collective impact reflection and brainstorm including possible co-host collaborations, a literacy partner list, and logistics. Then, a 20 minute speed-dating round robin allows participants three, 3 minute opportunities to brainstorm plans, receive critique and consider new ideas. A 5 minute wrap-up includes share-outs of summit concepts. Participant garner a framework for a collective impact advocacy initiative.
Meeting Type: Program
Content Area: Transforming: Community Relationships
Interests: Administration and Management, Assessment and Evaluation, Budget Planning and Finance, Children’s Services, Community Engagement, Equity Diversity & Inclusion, Foundations, Funding, Information Literacy, Leadership, Literacy, Outreach Services, Public Relations, Public Services, Resource Sharing, Transforming Libraries, Trends and Forecasting, Young Adult Services, Youth Services
Type of Library: Association, Elementary School, Federal, Government, High School, Information-related Organization, Joint Use, Library School, Middle School, Other, Public, Regional System, Rural, School/Media Center, Student
Cost: Included with full conference registration.