May 23, 2022

Aspen Institute Releases “Action Guide for Re-Envisioning Your Public Library”

Released during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

From the Aspen Institute:

The Action Guide for Re-Envisioning Your Public Library is a companion piece to the report that the Institute issued in October 2014 that explores how public libraries can respond as the digital age increases the demand for high-speed information access, changes in our education systems, innovative job training models and additional community services to help people and communities compete in the new economy.

2016-01-10_12-27-44Both documents are available for download – a new web site that also launched today to support the action guide and the Aspen Institute’s Dialogue on Public Libraries program.

“The overall goal of the action guide is to help public libraries to engage more deeply with their communities and inspire action to re-envision public libraries as key partners in all aspects of community life in the digital age,” said Amy Garmer, Director, Dialogue on Public Libraries, The Aspen Institute. “The action guide leads library leaders through an internal and external assessment that culminates in the convening of one or more dialogues with key library stakeholders who are identified through the assessment process. The end result is a series of forward- thinking action steps for the library and community to take to transform the experiences, opportunities and outcomes available to community residents.”

Both the report and the action guide are part of the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries. The multiyear dialogue brings library professionals, policymakers, technology experts, philanthropists, educators and civic leaders together to explore the future of public libraries.

Direct to Full Text Report (41 pages; PDF)

Direct to Executive Summary (3 pages: PDF)

Additional Resources

Aspen Institute Report Explores How Libraries Can Nurture Innovation And Build Stronger Communities (via The Knight Blog)

Presentations From Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries, “Leadership Roundtable on Library Innovation” (August 2015)2016-01-10_12-27-44

See Also: Aspen Institute Leadership Roundtable on Library Innovation in Aspen, Colorado (August 7, 2015)

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