Session II: Statewide Priorities in Learning and Community Development
Public libraries are especially effective in supporting learning and education across all ages, promoting traditional and new forms of literacy, and as critical institutions for individuals and families confronting the challenges of major work, health and life transitions. In this session, participants will examine the priorities and goals of Colorado communities in these areas – developing human, economic and social capital – that are driven by the need for continuous learning and connectivity. Participants will consider the interplay of statewide trends with new developments that are reshaping learning, jobs and civic participation. Participants will begin to identify how libraries can play a greater role in closing troubling gaps and building more sustainable communities.
- How are libraries engaging their communities within and outside the walls of the library building to improve learning opportunities and outcomes?
- What needs to happen for libraries to align better with government, business, philanthropies and community organizations to achieve significant progress in these areas?
- What are the elements of successful collaborations?