Exploring the SOAR (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, Results) Model

Explore the SOAR model as a strategy for developing asset-oriented initiatives as a step toward developing a more community-centered library.

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Community-centered libraries engage staff in promoting and supporting positive change in their local communities. However, the steps for authentically engaging the community in problem-solving are often unclear. In this webinar, participants will be introduced to the SOAR (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, Results) Model and learn how to use it as a facilitation tool for conducting meetings with their library communities. The role of digital programming as a SOAR response to the challenges of COVID-19 will be explored, with presenters and participants alike sharing their successes and challenges.

This webinar is part 3 of a series on community-centered libraries made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Presented by:

  • Sarah Giskin, Community Initiatives Specialist, Northwest Cluster, Free Library of Philadelphia
  • Becky Shaknovich, Department Head, Central Children's Department and Field Teen Center, Free Library of Philadelphia
  • Suzin Weber, Tacony Neighborhood Library Branch Manager, Free Library of Philadelphia

Facilitated by:

  • Shahadah Abdul-Rashid, Community Initiatives Specialist, Southwest Cluster, Free Library of Philadelphia
  • Lynn Williamson, Chief, Neighborhood Library Services Division, Free Library of Philadelphia

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05 August 2021


3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]

Webinar presenter Sarah Giskin

Webinar presenter Becky Shanknovich

Webinar presenter Suzin Weber

Webinar facilitator Shahadah Abdul-Rashid

Webinar facilitator Lynn Williamson