Kate Byroade - Cragin Memorial Library
Jennifer Cook - Cheshire Library
Susan Cormier - Connecticut State Library
Brandie Doyle - Russell Library
Su Epstein - Saxton B. Little Free Library
Laura Erickson - Waterford Public Library
Bob Farwell - Otis Library
Jane Fisher - Wallingford Public Library
Laurel Goodgion - Emeritus
Alan Gray - Darien Library
Elizabeth Joseph - The Ferguson Library
Dawn LaValle - Connecticut State Library
Betsy McIlvaine - ACLB
Mary Parmelee - Westport Library
Marion M. Sheehan - Canterbury Public Library/CLC
Susan Smayda - Southington Library and Museum
Denise Stankovics - ACLPD
Lynn White - Terryville Public Library
Across Connecticut, communities are using their public libraries in unique and exciting ways. From Makerspaces and robots to Farmers’ Markets , our libraries are transforming to meet the changing needs of their communities and continuing to serve as the center of learning and knowledge creation.
The Aspen Institute describes a “new world of knowledge”, with the public library serving as a “vital learning institution and engine for individual, community, and civil society development.” While each of our communities will approach this new era differently, there are common benchmarks that can be utilized to ensure that the public library remains “the essential civil society space where this new America will make its democratic character.”
These best practices were carefully developed to guide libraries toward 21st century practices and principles. Changes in technology, education, communication, and social connection are just a few areas to which the public, as well as libraries and policymakers, will need to respond. Advocating for our libraries requires new tools and information; we cannot simply continue with the status quo, we must make clear our need to adapt and thrive in the new information landscape.
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