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.
- 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
- Shahadah Abdul-Rashid, Community Initiatives Specialist, Southwest Cluster, Free Library of Philadelphia
- Lynn Williamson, Chief, Neighborhood Library Services Division, Free Library of Philadelphia
- View Webinar Recording (You will be prompted to log in to our free Course Catalog.)
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- Take and Turn - Learner Guide (doc) Use alone or with others to extend your learning.
- About the Community-Centered Libraries project
- Skills for Community-Centered Libraries Curriculum now available
- Community-Centered Libraries blog series from Free Library of Philadelphia
- Sign up (Google form) to receive updates about the the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries curriculum
- Webinar 1, Building Connections with Community Assets
- Webinar 2, On Implicit Bias and Communication
- Aspen Institute, Dialogue on Public Libraries, and report, Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries, (2014)
- Philly Goat Project video
- Additional links shared in chat:
- Intergenerational Programs at the Library: Connecting Generations for Healthy Communities, WebJunction webinar
- For alternatives to surveys, explore WebJunction's Toolkit for Creating Smart Spaces with wonderful alternatives to gathering community input, for programming and services as well as spaces.
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