Aspen Institute – Dialog on Public Libraries
The Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program created the Dialogue on Public Libraries in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help advance the work that public libraries are doing to address community challenges and to support the transformation of public libraries for the digital age. This work has resulted in:
- A comprehensive report, Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries, outlining potential futures for public libraries as we continue to address the ever-changing needs of our communities.
- A detailed Action Guide for Re-Envisioning Your Public Library
- Also check out the Aspen in Action article from Library Journal.
LTC is an initiative from ALA and the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation intended to help libraries foster conversation and lead change in their communities.
As libraries seek to redefine themselves in a new information age, libraries must develop strategies for engaging with the community. Traditional programs and services are no longer sufficient; libraries must be creative in building community relationships to help frame positive community growth. Learn how three diverse library systems met the challenge of engaging with their communities to create dynamic connections and develop meaningful partnerships that added value to the library AND the community.
The 10 short lessons in this tutorial build on each other to communicate a set of key strategic concepts related to building radical supporters in your community.