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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...


The Library: A Place of Hope

Posted by Amy Garmer on January 19, 2018 at 8:20 AM

Madison Park: A Place of Hope is a newly published memoir by our Aspen Institute colleague Dr. Eric L. Motley about the lessons he learned from growing up in Madison Park, Alabama, a small town outside of Montgomery that was founded...

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Future of Libraries: 2017 in Review and 2018 Preview

Posted by Amy Garmer on December 15, 2017 at 1:56 PM

This year the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries convened and facilitated a successful series of dialogues and other conversations across the country to advance the work that public libraries are doing to address community challenges and to transform for the digital age. Our activities focused on expanding and deepening...

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Keeping Immigrants at the Forefront of Queens Library’s Mission

Posted by Dennis Walcott on November 13, 2017 at 9:59 AM

A few days before the release of her latest book this summer, the Indian-born young adult writer Mitali Perkins tweeted about the impact Queens Library had on her when she first came to this country, saying it “meant everything to this little immigrant years ago.” Through Sonia, one of the...



Engaging Your Community to Create Tools that Solve Local Problems

Posted by Sarah Washburn on August 24, 2017 at 2:45 PM

It all started with an email from a stranger. I work for Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup, a nonprofit that helps NGOs and libraries worldwide use technology to further their missions. We facilitate events that generate ideas and design solutions and we hold these events at the library. My...

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Space Matters

Posted by Jill Hardy Heath on July 27, 2017 at 10:36 AM

Whether witnessing the Northern Lights, reading an inspiring article, attending a world premier opera, dining at a pioneering new restaurant or swimming with sharks; these moments are etched in my mind and filed away as memories to be cherished again and again. Why? Because they made every cell vibrate with...

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A Unique Partnership: Libraries and State Leadership Leading Digital Equity Efforts in North Carolina

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...