Session I: Building Resilient Communities: The Role of Libraries

Thursday, May 25, 2017
9:00 am - 9:45 am
History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, Denver

Session I: Building Resilient Communities: The Role of Libraries

Resiliency: “The ability of communities to rebound, positively adapt to, or thrive amidst changing conditions or challenges—including disasters and climate change— and maintain quality of life, healthy growth, durable systems, and conservation of resources for present and future generations.”– Colorado Resiliency Working Group

In this session, participants will explore in greater detail this definition, the nature of the resources needed to create a resilient community, and the ways that libraries can contribute to building healthier, stronger communities. Participants will consider insights from recent studies on economic resiliency in rural communities, demographics and other trends and how the people-place-platform assets of libraries may be leveraged to develop resiliency and address core community priorities.

  • How do communities become resilient? What does a resilient community look like?
  • What is the role of the library in building and strengthening networks that contribute to community resiliency?