Re-envisioning Public Libraries

Re-envisioning Public Libraries

The Cupertino Library Foundation encourages you to participate in re-envisioning the Cupertino Library for our community.

The Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, created the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries to help advance the work that public libraries are doing to address community challenges and to support the transformation of communities and their public libraries in the digital age.

The Dialogue on Public Libraries is a multistakeholder forum that brings together library professionals, policymakers, technology experts, philanthropists, educators and civic leaders to explore, develop and champion new ways of thinking about public libraries.

Download the Report

Click to download the report: The Aspen Institute report Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries is starting conversations around the country.

The report addresses a renewed vision for the public library, four strategies for success and action steps for library leaders, policymakers and community partners, and more.

Download The Guide

The Action Guide for Re-Envisioning Your Public Library leads you through a variety of strategic activities and provides worksheets that evaluate the current level of support for your library and the resources needed to plan and convene your own community dialogue.

When you download the Action Guide, you become a member of The Community where you will have access to information, resources, videos and a discussion group. Through the discussion group, you are encouraged to ask questions and share your processes as you work through the Action Guide as well as ideas and outcomes.

To help library and community leaders use the report, Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries, the Aspen Institute created the Action Guide for Re-Envisioning Your Public Library, a set of resources for convening a community dialogue and helping communities take action to re-envision their own public library.

The Aspen Institute extends its gratitude to the pilot participants who provided valuable feedback and suggestions to enhance the Action Guide and increase its value as a tool to help libraries in developing their own community dialogues and increasing community engagement.

Click here to download the Guide!

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