Aspen Institute: Public Library Innovations

A recent ICMA survey in partnership with the Aspen Institute and the Public Library Association found that there are opportunities for library and local government leaders to collaborate more closely on community priorities and to engage in active information sharing and communication about community issues. For local government and library leaders interested in designing more effective strategies for aligning library services with community priorities, the Aspen Institute provides an Action Guide for Re-Envisioning Your Public Library. The Action Guide has been in the field for over a year and communities across the country have been using the tool for a range of activities, from strategic planning to developing capital campaigns for their libraries to community engagement activities. Through a case study approach focused on the use of the Action Guide in one North Carolina community, this webinar will present practical strategies for implementing the Action Guide as a tool for strategic planning to transform your public library and community.

  In many places, the public library is a stand-alone feature rather than a part of the community conversation around community service. Join the director of the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries and a county manager-library director team from Brevard, North Carolina (Transylvania County) to learn practical strategies for implementing the Action Guide as part of a community-wide strategic planning process that raises the value of the library as a tool in the toolkit of local governments.

By the end of the webinar, participants will:

  • Be familiar with the tools and processes of the Aspen Institute Action Guide, including the three pathways (Learning, Leading, Implementing) and activities focused on a strengths-based approach to community development.
  • Learn techniques and models for engaging a broad cross section of community stakeholders to help define a vision for the library that aligns with the vision for the community, and to shape the activities that will help you get there.
  • Understand how to synthesize information and data from many sources into a well-organized plan with clear, measurable goals for the library and community.
  • Be able to identify contacts and resources for further information.


Library Innovations Video
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Open to view video.
1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available