Dialogue & Deliberation Workshop Stipend for Small/Rural Public Libraries

Public libraries that serve small and/or rural communities are invited to apply for a travel stipend to attend a one-day dialogue and deliberation pre-conference workshop at the 2018 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change

"Libraries Transforming Communities: Conversation CafĂ© Workshop for Public Libraries Serving Small, Mid-Sized and/or Rural Communities" will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 22, 2018, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. 

Attending the pre-conference is free, though space will be limited to 50 participants. Twenty-five participants from public libraries serving small and/or rural communities will be selected to receive an $800 stipend to help cover travel costs for one library employee.

Those interested in applying for a travel stipend should read the project guidelines and submit an online application by March 9, 2018. Applicants need not be ALA members.
This workshop is offered as part of Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change, an initiative of ALA and the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD). The initiative seeks to introduce libraries to various dialogue and deliberation approaches, enabling libraries to foster conversation and lead change in their communities.
Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change Series 3 highlights dialogue and deliberation models most useful for public libraries serving small, mid-sized and/or rural communities. (Learn more about our earlier offerings, Series 1 for public libraries serving large and/or urban communities or Series 2 for academic libraries.)
Before attending the in-person workshop in New Orleans, Series 3 participants must view three 90-minute online learning sessions in winter/spring 2018. The three free webinars, respectively, will offer an introduction to dialogue and deliberation; an overview of the Future Search approach; and an overview of the Conversation CafĂ© approach. Register for the three Series 3 webinars.
The in-person workshop will provide a deeper exploration of Conversation Café, allowing attendees to participate in a Café and discuss applications, opportunities and challenges of the approach.
Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant RE-40-16-0137-16.