LTC: Future Search (Series 3 for Public Libraries Serving Small, Mid-Sized and/or Rural Communities: 2 of 3)

1 hour, 30 minutes

Join us for a free, 90-minute webinar to learn how public libraries can lead dialogue using Future Search, a method for strategic planning that can help communities develop cooperative plans.

This session is designed for library professionals serving small, mid-sized and/or rural public libraries.


The Future Search process enables large, diverse groups to validate a common mission, take responsibility for action, and develop commitment to implementation through concrete action plans. Libraries will gain an understanding of how Future Search can be used in their internal and community engagement efforts. Learn more about Future Search.

Participants in this session will:

  1. Gain an understanding of the Future Search method and conditions for success.
  2. Learn the Future Search theory and philosophy of facilitating.
  3. Explore how libraries can utilize Future Search in their communities.

This free webinar series is offered as part of Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Models for Change, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) and National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) that seeks to strengthen libraries' roles as core community leaders and agents of change. LTC: Models for Change is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

PLEASE NOTE: This is the second session in a three-part webinar series designed for public libraries serving small, mid-sized and/or rural communities. Register for or view Series 1: For public libraries serving larger, urban communities and Series 2: For academic libraries. Not sure which series is right for you? Email us.

Sandra Janoff

Sandra Janoff, Ph.D, co-developer of Future Search together with Marvin Weisbord and co-director of the Future Search Network, is an international consultant and author who has trained more than 3,500 people worldwide in the use of Future Search principles. She has run meetings for corporations, communities and many U.N. agencies all over the world. Janoff is co-author of "Future Search: Getting the Whole Sytem in the Room for Vision, Commitment, and Action, 3rd Edition" (Berrett-Koehler 2010), "Don't Just Do Something, Stand There, Ten Principles for Leading Meetings the Matter" (Berrett-Koehler 2007) and "Lead More, Control Less: 8 Advanced Leadership Skills that Overturn Convention." She is the 2016 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Organizational Development Network.