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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...

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...

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....

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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