The Facilitator-In-Training Team (FIT Team) was created as a tool for OPL to achieve its strategic plan goal of becoming a community nexus. As a nexus, OPL strives to connect Omaha’s public, private and non-profit organizations to resolve community issues. The FIT Team helps to foster the development of shared visions and priorities, a comprehensive agenda, and robust collaborations across organizations.
Sixteen library staff members were selected to receive training to facilitate community discussions in three areas: getting-to-know-you conversations, problem solving, and creativity and innovation. Pilot discussions facilitated in 2013 revolved around topics such as aging, English as a second language, low voter turnout, recycling, public transportation, and prisoner reentry into society. Connections made during these conversations resulted in FIT Team members being invited to facilitate future discussions for the Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless (MACCH) and Heartland 2050.