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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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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