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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...

Building the Digital Inclusion Ecosystem in the District of Columbia

Posted by Delano Squires on June 19, 2017 at 8:14 AM

Digital technology has changed the way people around the world learn, work, and communicate. People use it to start new businesses and support social and political causes. The ability to use and access technology is a necessity for success in today’s world. However, even as more and more people are...

The Connections Café: Serving Recipes for Learning and Growth at the Tempe Public Library

Posted by Kathy Husser on June 01, 2017 at 8:34 AM

The Tempe Public Library is a dynamically growing enterprise - one of the few public libraries in Arizona with consistent year-to-year increase in utilization over the past decade. Serving a city of 160,000 residents, it now supports 692,000 visits annually by active learners seeking to build knowledge and discover innovative...

Your Local Library: The Ultimate Community Engagement Center

Posted by Kirsten Wyatt on February 16, 2017 at 11:12 AM

*Editor’s note: This blog is written in response to the recent Aspen Institute, International City/County Management Association (ICMA), and the Public Library Association (PLA) survey analysis, “Role of Libraries in Advancing Community Goals.”  The analysis is based on data from the “Local Libraries Advancing Community Goals, 2016”, a...

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Libraries: The Fabric of a Thriving Community

Posted by Tre Maxie on February 01, 2017 at 11:50 AM

Libraries have the power to educate, convene, preserve, inspire, and connect. Libraries can be more powerful now more than ever. In Seattle, we opened the public library auditorium as a free, non-alcoholic venue to watch the Seattle Seahawks play in the Superbowl game on our big screen. We drew hundreds...

The Role of Libraries in Advancing Community Goals

Posted by Amy Garmer on January 17, 2017 at 2:14 PM

Today, The Aspen Institute, in partnership with International City/County Management Association (ICMA), and the Public Library Association (PLA), released Local Libraries Advancing Community Goals, 2016, a report detailing results of a nationwide survey of nearly 2,000 chief administrative offices of local governments focused on the evolving role of public libraries...

Reaching the Rest of Us: Public Libraries Using TV WhiteSpace to Connect Next Billion(s)

Posted by Don Means on January 12, 2017 at 8:15 AM

In the context of the United Nation’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), the World Bank/IMF, in partnership with the United States State Department, launched the Global Connect Initiative (GCI) in October 2015 with the goal of bringing the next 1.5 billion people online by 2020. At the...