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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Posted by North Carolina Broadband Infrastructure Office on June 30, 2017 at 8:51 AM

The State of North Carolina is working to ensure that high-speed internet access is available and digital equity is promoted through digital literacy programming and opportunities at all libraries by 2020. Yet, just over 50 percent of the 385 community-supported public libraries in the state provide high-speed access to...

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Posted by Delano Squires on June 19, 2017 at 8:14 AM

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