For much of its history, Columbus was a rural community, but today it is quickly becoming a commuter town. Feeling the effects of this rapid change, the Columbus Public Library joined ALA's Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) initiative to learn how to add more value in their community beyond being a lender of books.
Not only has Columbus Public Library built a stronger reputation as an institution that can help solve community challenges, but its director—a newcomer to the community—has become a stronger, more credible community leader in the process.
Read more about Columbus' story at www.ala.org/LTC.
Offered by the American Library Association (ALA), this online learning course is designed to help libraries and library professionals strengthen their role as community leaders and bring about positive change in their communities. The series is based upon the "turning outward" approach, a step-by-step process developed by The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. Learn more and download free resources at www.ala.org/LTC.