Civic Engagement

Naming and Framing Public Issues

The ALA Center for Civic Life and the David Mathews Center for Civic Life host a ffree webinar series to help librarians lead their communities in dealing with challenging public issues.

Session 1: “Beyond Deadlock: A Better Way to Talk about Difficult Issues," explores hows to help people work together to talk about public issues and make choices, and how to uncover the deeper concerns of communities. Recorded Oct. 14, 2014. View the recorded presentation

Convening Forums @ your library: A Four-Part Series

This four-part series discusses deliberative conversations that public, academic, and school libraries are convening; how these discussions are repositioning libraries in their communities; and the logistics involved in planning a forum.

Libraries at the Center of Civic Dialogue: Hosting Public Policy Discussions

By Susan Graseck – Director, The Choices Program – Brown University

De Tocqueville’s assertion — that democracy succeeds through the democratic outlook of individual citizens — is the prerequisite condition for enlightened citizenship. It is the condition under which citizens make informed, value-based choices, and then share them with their government so that wiser and more democratic policies will be enacted.

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