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.
Reports and Documents from The Aspen Institute
- Rising to the Challenge: Re-envisioning Public Libraries
- Libraries in the Exponential Age: Moving from the Edge of Innovation to the Center of Community
- The Aspen Institute’s Action Guide for Re-envisioning Your Public Library
- Facilitation Guide (based on the Aspen Institute)
- The Role of a Facilitator from MindTools
- S.W.O.T. from MindTools
- S.O.A.R versus S.W.O.T.
- Gap Analysis from MindTools
- Brainstorming, Affinity Grouping and Multi-Voting Tool.
Aspen Activities Around The Country
Winter Park, FL: Agenda and praticipant list from the recently concluded Winter Park Library Dialogue. You might also be interested in the report of the Winter Park Library Task Force (focus was on the construction of a new library building/events center for the city): Final Report of the City of Winter Park Library Task Force, June 22, 2015 and the library's information page on the new library building: Building a New Library
Agenda from the Connecticut Dialogue on Public Libraries, the State's first statewide dialogue. Its goal was to engage state-level policymakers from the governor's staff, to legislators, to department heads and other leaders across the state. The report discusses how libraries can be leveraged as an asset in communities across the state: Connecticut Rising to the Challenge, a report of the Connecticut Dialogue on Public Libraries.
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Operational Planning Template, State Library of North Carolina
NCPLDA Library Development Summit Documents, August 10, 2016
State Library of North Carolina - Library Development
American Library Association
Community Heart & Soul Field Guide: Community Heart & Soul is a barn-raising approach to community planning and development designed to increase participation in local decision-making and empower residents to shape the future of their communities in a way that upholds the unique character of each place. The Field Guide details step by step, the four phase Community Heart & Soul methodology that was researched and developed over a decade, including nine towns in New England and the Rocky Mountains
LibGuide from the State Library of North Carolina
"Strengthening the Library's Strategic Role: Prepare to Focus on Public Access Technology," Public Management (PM) magazine’s cover story shines a spotlight on how libraries are using the Edge Toolkit to measure the public access technology services they provide and better serve their communities.
Impact Survey ($)
The Impact Survey is an online survey tool designed specifically for public libraries that want to better understand their communities and how people use their public technology resources and services