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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 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...

Future of Libraries: 2016 in Review and 2017 Preview

Posted by on December 22, 2016 at 8:59 AM

The Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries launched a series of initiatives in 2016 that are creating new opportunities and resources for transforming public libraries. As the year comes to a close, we are grateful to all those library and community champions who have worked with us over the...

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Smart Libraries: Community Development Through Innovation and Partnerships

Posted by Chip Weston on September 12, 2016 at 9:20 AM

Technologies that have been maturing over the last decades are no longer on the horizon but on our doorsteps. They are being deployed by the thousands and portend substantial changes in just about every aspect of our lives. Massive amounts of data are generated and self-learning, self-improving artificial intelligence is...