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Two new toolkits for library outreach professionals focus of forums @ Midwinter

The Small but Powerful Guide to Winning Big Support for Your Rural LibraryThe ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) will host two forums at the 2012 Midwinter Meeting in Dallas highlighting its latest toolkits, “Adult Literacy @ your library” and “The Small but Powerful Guide for Building Big Support for Your Rural Library,” on Sunday, January 22.

The first of these forums, titled Adult Literacy @ your library, will offer a sneak peek at “Literacy for All: Adult Literacy @ your library,” the latest toolkit from OLOS and the ALA Committee on Literacy. Forum attendees will participate in a discussion of this new toolkit – which will be widely available after the Midwinter Meeting – and offer feedback. The forum will also feature a panel of literacy experts and advocates who will examine current and emerging adult literacy issues, promising practices, and next steps for libraries and literacy, moderated by OLOS Literacy Officer Dale Lipschultz. (Sun. 1/22, 8-10 a.m., Dallas Convention Center, room D166)

In the afternoon, the focus will switch to the issues facing rural libraries at A Small but Powerful Forum for Winning Big Support for Your Rural Library. Attendees will join rural library leaders in a conversation about advocacy, leadership, and the newly revised   “Small But Powerful Guide to Winning Big Support for Your Rural Library,” one of OLOS’ most popular resources.  The forum promises to be a powerful and practical discussion for those committed to building and sustaining support for rural libraries. (Sun. 1/22,1:30-3:30 p.m., Dallas Convention Center, room A308)

Attendance is open to all Midwinter attendees. For more information, please visit www.alamidwinter.org.

OLOS actively promotes outreach as a fundamental value in the profession through member-developed resources and products that are geared to supporting and enhancing library services to underserved populations. To learn more, please visit www.ala.org/olos.

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