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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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Building an Ecology for Creative Collisions

Posted by Amy Garmer on January 18, 2019 at 10:05 AM

The Aspen Institute is pleased to announce the release of Creative Collisions: New Directions for Learning, Innovation and Community, a report of the Stockton-San Joaquin County Dialogue on Public Libraries by Sarah Carpenter and Joaquin Alvarado. The Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries partnered with the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public...

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Palo Alto Dialogue: Building Social Capital Through Libraries and Community Services

Posted by Amy Garmer on December 06, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Palo Alto is a city at the epicenter of technological innovation, located in the heart of Silicon Valley. With strong educational values, a rich cultural history and exceptional community assets, the city is often envied for its good fortune. Yet Palo Alto is not immune to the struggles experienced in...

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...

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...

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....