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...
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...
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...
Posted by Sara Kennedy on September 20, 2017 at 9:25 AM
Editor’s note: This is a story of how Green Hills Public Library District (GHPLD) took on a new role as a platform for learning in the community and how other libraries can leverage regional support in their effort.
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...
Posted by Milagros Phillips on August 11, 2017 at 8:58 AM
Editor’s note: This blog describes a framework for facilitating a dialogue on race. Milagros Phillips was invited to write a blog about how libraries can be a place where conversations on race can be convened and advanced.
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...
Posted by on July 18, 2017 at 8:43 AM
The Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries is pleased to announce the publication of Sutter County Rising to the Challenge: A Report of the Sutter County Dialogue on Public Libraries. This report is the result of a collaboration with the Sutter County Library (SCL) California. The Sutter County Dialogue is...
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...
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...