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The Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries provides access to a community working together to address the transformation of public libraries in the digital age.

In our community you can make connections and engage in sharing and discussion based on the Aspen Institute’s report Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries.

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Nevada County Dialogue Report

Posted by Amy Garmer on November 14, 2018 at 7:00 AM

The Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries is pleased to announce the publication of Nevada County Rising to the Challenge: Creating Pathways for Learning, Innovation, and a Resilient Community. This report of the Nevada County Dialogue on Public Libraries is the result of a collaboration between the Aspen Institute Dialogue...

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Building Community, Restoring Trust: Library Conversations Across Divides

Posted by Jeremy Hay on November 12, 2018 at 9:00 AM

In 2016, after the bitterly fought presidential election, Eve Pearlman and I founded Spaceship Media, a journalism organization with a mission to reduce polarization, build community and restore trust in media. We believe our new partnership with the venerable Birmingham Public Libraries will be a signpost on the road...

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Symposium on the State of Race

Posted by Amy Garmer on May 17, 2018 at 11:08 AM

Public libraries play an important role in providing safe, neutral spaces for difficult conversations about issues of and related to race and ethnicity in American society. To learn more about the state of race in America and engage in a national conversation with resonance for your own community, join the...

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