In May of 2017, business, government, nonprofit, education and library leaders met for an open dialogue on the changing role of libraries in a knowledge-based society, and how these highly trusted institutions can build smarter, healthier and more resilient communities across the state.

2017 Keynote Speaker

Gov. John Hickenlooper

Gov. John Hickenlooper

Governor of Colorado

Three Fundamental Questions

  1. How do libraries help build resilient communities?
  2. What changes are needed to strengthen the role of libraries in building resilient communities?
  3. What can my networks and I do to help define and implement pathways for action?

Participants

As of May 22, 2017

John Hickenlooper
(Thursday special session only)
Governor of Colorado
State of Colorado

Katy Anthes
Colorado Commissioner of Education
Colorado Department of Education

Clarke Becker
Director, Colorado Rural Workforce Consortium
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment

Katherine Correll
Executive Director
Downtown Colorado, Inc.

Dan Cordova
Colorado Supreme Court Librarian
Colorado State Judicial Branch

Charlie Firestone
Executive Director, Communications and Society Program
The Aspen Institute

Laura Frank
President and General Manager, News
Rocky Mountain PBS

Joe Garcia
President
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

Amy Garmer
Director of the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries
The Aspen Institute

Dan Gibbs
Commissioner
Summit Board of County Commissioner

Kerry Glenn
Chair, Board of Trustees
Anythink Libraries

Anthony Graves
Director of Regional Affairs
City and County of Denver

David Greenberg
Vice Chancellor, Institutional Partnerships
University of Denver

Eugene Hainer
Assistant Commissioner
Colorado State Library

Irv Halter
Executive Director
State of Colorado Department of Local Affairs

Jesse Henning
Director
Garfield County Public Libraries

Dustin Hodge
Principal
Hodge Media Group

Margaret Hunt
Director
Colorado Creative Industries

Michelle Jeske
City Librarian
Denver Public Library

Claudine Perrault
Director
Estes Valley Library

Randy Pye
Managing Principal
FulcrumOne

Connie Rule
Executive Director
Boys and Girls Club of Colorado

Joseph Sanchez
Library Director
Mesa County Libraries

Pam Sandlian-Smith
Director
Anythink Libraries

Chip Taylor
Executive Director
Colorado Counties, Inc.

Ann Terry
Executive Director
Special District Association

Observers:

Shirley Biladeau
Continuing Education Consultant
Idaho Commission for Libraries

Jenny Emery-Davidson
Executive Director
Ketchum Community Library

Omar Hakeem
Design Director
buildingcommunityWORKSHOP

Steve Hansen
Strategic Consultant
Anythink Libraries

Donna Souder
Executive Director, Center for Teaching & Learning; Associate Professor, Department of English & Foreign Languages
Colorado State University – Pueblo

Steering Committee

We are grateful to the following individuals for their service as members of the Aspen Institute Colorado Dialogue on Public Libraries Steering Committee. Their knowledge, insights, and experience, have significantly informed and enhanced planning for the Dialogue.

Joe Garcia
President
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

Rick Garcia
Former Regional Administrator
US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development

Anthony Graves
Director of Regional Affairs
City and County of Denver

Eugene Hainer
Assistant Commissioner
Colorado Department of Education

Irv Halter
Executive Director
Colorado Department of Local Affairs

Sharon Morris
Director, Library Development
Colorado State Library

Jacqueline Murphy
Library Community Programs Senior Consultant
Colorado State Library

Claudine Perrault
Director
Estes Valley Library

Joyce Rankin
Member for 3rd Congressional District
Colorado State Board of Education

Pam Smith
Director
Anythink Libraries

Susan Steele
Executive Director
Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation

Chip Taylor
Executive Director
Colorado Counties, Inc.

Jamie Van Leeuwen
Senior Advisor
Office of the Governor, State of Colorado

Aspen Institute Staff

Amy Garmer
Director
Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries

Dominique Harrison
Project Manager, Communications and Society Program
The Aspen Institute

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