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Public libraries are partners in the learning and innovation that drive the economic and cultural vitality of the community.

Connect. Collaborate. Community.

The Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries provides access to an online 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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As a member, you will have access to tools, case studies, a listserv, and you will be the first to receive updates, news, and information about events, pilots, blog posts, and all things relevant to the Aspen Institute’s Dialogue on Public Libraries.


The Report

The Aspen Institute report Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries is starting conversations around the country.

The report addresses a renewed vision for the public library, four strategies for success and action steps for library leaders, policymakers and community partners, and more.

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The Guide

The Action Guide for Re-Envisioning Your Public Library leads you through a variety of strategic activities and provides worksheets that evaluate the current level of support for your library and the resources needed to plan and convene your own community dialogue.

When you download the Action Guide, you become a member of The Community where you will have access to information, resources, videos and a discussion group. Through the discussion group, you are encouraged to ask questions and share your processes as you work through the Action Guide as well as ideas and outcomes.

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Insights

Cross-Sector Collaboration Creates Resilient Communities

Posted by April-Dawn Knudsen on March 21, 2018 at 4:14 PM

Collaboration is the vehicle for producing outcomes that equate to more than the sum of our parts. This is never more true than in rural regions. I have lived, worked, and served across rural Colorado since 2008. I choose to invest my time, talent and education in these communities because...

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Libraries Transforming Rural Communities: How Aspen Institute Resources Can Help

Posted by Dominique Harrison on March 06, 2018 at 12:13 AM

Rural libraries in America have the opportunity to support local initiatives to address challenges in their communities. Many of these small towns face issues of unemployment, low economic growth rates, lack of sufficient medical care, and low levels of educational attainment. Rural libraries can provide solutions to these unique concerns....

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Libraries: Building Community Resilience in Colorado - A Report of the Aspen Institute Colorado Dialogue on Public Libraries

Posted by Dominique Harrison on January 30, 2018 at 8:41 AM

The Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries is pleased to announce the publication of Libraries: Building Community Resilience in Colorado. This report is the result of a collaboration with the Colorado State Library. The report unveils a set of opportunities and recommendations for building public-private and public-public library partnerships statewide...

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