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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Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries Ends 7-Year Run

Posted by Amy Garmer on January 08, 2020 at 12:40 PM

The end of 2019 marks the conclusion of the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries. When we launched the Dialogue on Public Libraries in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries Program in 2013, we set out to propose a renewed vision for public libraries in the United...

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Driving Learning & Community Design with CENIC Broadband in California

Posted by Amy Garmer on June 11, 2019 at 9:53 AM

The Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries is pleased to announce the publication of Beyond Connectivity: How California Libraries Can Leverage Bandwidth to Advance Community Goals, a new report that calls on California policymakers and community leaders to work with public libraries and the state’s CENIC network to develop state-of-the-art...

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The Grand Opportunity in Houston Public Libraries

Posted by Amy Garmer on May 08, 2019 at 10:40 AM

The Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries and the Houston Public Library today released a report on how public and private stakeholders can more effectively use libraries to improve and enhance the lives of Houston’s residents. The Grand Opportunity: Creating Community, Equity and Innovation with Houston Public Libraries is...

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