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An Infopeople Online Learning Course

April 13th, 2021 12:00 PM
May 10th, 2021 4:30 PM
Fee per learner $200.00

Note: CALL (California Libraries Learn) is offering free seats to California public library staff (limited to one staff person per jurisdiction) in this Infopeople course. Please use this form to register for one of these no-cost seats.

In order to gain the most impact from learning events sponsored by the CALL grant we ask that all participants engage fully (attend, participate, discuss and share). If you are unable or not willing to agree to this, please be kind and leave a seat or place for someone else.

Instructor: April DonerApril Doner

  • Would you like to learn a practical approach to community engagement?
  • Do you want to rediscover and maximize the energy, creativity, capacities and caring that exist in your community?

Lately, it seems we hear "community engagement" about 5 times a day. But what does this term really mean? Using the lens, tools, and practices presented by Asset Based Community Development (ABCD), we can rediscover and maximize the energy, creativity, capacities and caring that exist in every neighborhood and city.

Based on the premise that "there is no one we don't need" and the old organizing maxim, "Never do anything for someone they can do for themselves," ABCD offers a balanced, practical approach to community engagement. You and your library can use ABCD to engage in a relationship of mutual exchange, contribution and transformative co-creation with community members. Find ways to also "lead by stepping back" to create space for residents to play a leading role in the community's future.

Through this course, you will learn how to:

  • Discover what community members care about enough to take action,
  • Partner effectively with them to build a widening circle of care and contribution,
  • Engage the gifts and talents of marginalized individuals and groups, and
  • Learn what resources and support your organization can offer that will most authentically support the community's aspirations and desires.

Course Description: This course will offer two online sessions:

  • April 15, 2021 at 10am Pacific/11am Mountain/12pm Central/1pm Eastern
  • April 29, 2021 at 10am Pacific/11am Mountain/12pm Central/1pm Eastern

This four-week online course will provide learners with the opportunity to learn about Asset Based Community Development and its practical applications for libraries. Through assignments and discussions, you will learn to use practical tools for change. The instructor will provide resources, best practices, and useful tips and techniques that can be applied immediately. You will apply the concepts learned to your own library and community.

Course Outline: When you log in to the Infopeople online learning site, you will see weekly modules with these topics:

  • Week 1: ABCD History and Overview
    • What is ABCD? What practices, principles and questions drive it?
    • ABCD works well in relation to other approaches such as collective impact, deliberative dialogue, the Harwood "turning outward," appreciative inquiry and art of hosting practices.
  • Week 2: The 6 Assets: Neighborhood as a Treasure Chest
    • Why begin with assets rather than needs?
    • Learn to use the ABCD typology of 6 Assets
  • Week 3: Institutions Leading by Stepping Back
    • How can libraries "lead by stepping back" to allow community members a chance to re-strengthen their civic muscles and rediscover their assets and agency?
    • Learn how doing ABCD work involves stepping into an "alongsider" role to encourage work "by" – not just "with," "for," or "to" community members.
  • Week 4: Tools for Change: Learning Conversations & Asset Mapping
    • Understand and use the ABCD tool for change: Learning Conversations.
    • Understand and use the ABCD tool for change: Asset Mapping

Pre-course Assignment: Read pages 2 – 6 in The Engaged Library (PDF format).

Time Required: To complete this course, you can expect to spend 3 hours per week, for a total of twelve course hours. Each week's module contains readings and various options for assignments and discussions. You can choose the options most relevant to your work and interests. Although you can work on each module at your own pace, at any hour of the day or night, it is recommended that you complete each week's work within that week to stay in sync with other learners.

Who Should Take This Course: Library staff, board members, and volunteers who want to focus on building strong libraries and communities by working alongside their community members.

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