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Community Stories


Engaging Your Community to Create Tools that Solve Local Problems

Posted by Sarah Washburn on August 24, 2017 at 2:45 PM

It all started with an email from a stranger. I work for Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup, a nonprofit that helps NGOs and libraries worldwide use technology to further their missions. We facilitate events that generate ideas and design solutions and we hold these events at the library. My...

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Conversations on Race in Our Public Libraries

Posted by Milagros Phillips on August 11, 2017 at 8:58 AM

Editor’s note: This blog describes a framework for facilitating a dialogue on race. Milagros Phillips was invited to write a blog about how libraries can be a place where conversations on race can be convened and advanced.    

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