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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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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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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