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Thank You for Attending the 2014 Western States Government Information Virtual Conference!

Government Information librarians in 8 states (AZ, CO, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, and WY) joined together to offer programs of interest to libraries in the Western states -- and to others who link to this conference from around the country and the world. This was a great opportunity to bring back what we have learned from other conferences and training events and share them with our colleagues.

Below you will find the Conference Schedule with PowerPoint presentations and recordings of the proceedings


Conference Schedule and Archive


Conference Planners and Contributors

A big thanks to those who helped put this conference together!


2014 Keynote: Rich Harwood


Want to learn more about the Libraries Transforming Communities initiative?

Check out the next Public Innovators Lab on October 8-10, 2014 in Atlanta, GA


Rich Harwood is founder and president of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, a national nonprofit organization that helps people and organizations address community challenges, improve their own effectiveness, and do their work in a way that makes communities stronger. ¬†The Harwood Institute has partnered with some of the world’s largest nonprofits including United Way Worldwide, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the American Library Association, and AARP.


The Harwood Institute is currently partnering with the ALA on its Libraries Transforming Communities initiative that seeks to strengthen librarians’ roles as core community leaders and change-agents. This initiative addresses a critical need within the library field by developing and distributing new tools, resources, and support for librarians to engage with their communities in new ways.


Rich has devoted his life to transforming communities and changing our public discourse by teaching and coaching people and organizations across the country to solve pressing problems and change how communities work together. Beginning his career as a political operative on local, national and presidential campaigns, he soon recognized the need for leaders and organizations to operate differently to make our communities stronger. At age 27, he founded The Harwood Institute to respond to the growing sense that people had retreated from the public square and that organizations and leaders were no longer connected to the communities they served.


Rich’s work has included helping communities work through issues related to the environment, healthcare, improving public education, and healing from disasters. Recently, he led the community process in Newtown, Connecticut, to determine the fate of the Sandy Hook School, where 26 students and teachers were tragically murdered in December 2012. He has authored a number of books and articles on the state of politics and public life and has spoken extensively on these subjects over the course of his career.


Past-Conference Information