Free Online Workshops on Hosting Community Discussions

ALA’s Libraries Fostering Civic Engagement MIG is offering two free online workshops to help librarians convene forums and moderate community discussions on privacy in conjunction with Choose Privacy Week, May 2-8, 2010.

The first workshop, “Tips on Hosting a Deliberative Forum on Privacy,“ will take place March 30, 2010 from 1:00 – 3:00 Central. This workshop will cover:

  • the logistics for convening your forum,
  • strategies you can use to build partnerships,
  • ideas for marketing your forum,
  • how to use your forum to meet the information needs of your patrons, and
  • free and low-cost tools you can use to host a forum in your library.

The second workshop, “How to Moderate a Deliberative Forum on Privacy,“ will take place on April 13, 2010 from 1:00 – 3:00 Central. It will cover:

  • guidelines for participants in a deliberative dialogue,
  • strategies to encourage participants to weigh the costs and consequences of different approaches to managing privacy,
  • the art of crafting powerful and thoughtful questions,
  • tips for dealing with people who talk too much or people who don’t speak up, and
  • how to make your community conversation part of a national dialogue.

You can find more information and links to register for the workshops here.