Better Together: Civic Engagement and Civic Dialogues
Friday, April 8, 2016, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Colorado Convention Center, Room 707/709/711
Is your library leading an engaged and empowered citizenry? Does your library tackle social justice inequities, solve problems, increase voting, and participate in social and civic organizations? Perhaps you are already at that table, or maybe you are the table where folks gather. Discover how a 21st century library is a cornerstone of democracy, and become inspired by achievable projects happening nationwide. Find out the secret of reaching politicians and government officials to create sustainable change.
At the end of this session, participants will:
1: Recognize the important role public libraries play in civic engagement and dialogue for your unique community.
2: Learn how to make Civic Engagement engaging by following projects, exhibits, and interactive programs as models.
3: Become empowered and motivated to take action within your community.
The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 1: People with no previous knowledge of the topic.
This session will have: Low interaction: single speaker/panel with Q&A at the end of the program
Miriam Anderson Lytle,
Gail Borden Public Library District, Elgin, IL
Miriam Anderson Lytle, MLIS and PLA Leadership Academy grad, is Community Services & Program Development Division Chief for Gail Borden Public Library District in Elgin, one of Illinois largest library districts. Miriam oversees Branch Services (Rakow and South Elgin), Library on the Go (ReaderShip, Education, Life Enrichment, Home Services), Hispanic Services, Public Programs, Community and Civic Engagement, 21st Century Readers Advisory, grants and special projects. Miriam is a 2016 PLA Program Liaison in Denver.
Urban Libraries Council, ,
Susan Benton is President and CEO of the Urban Libraries Council (ULC), a membership organization of leading public libraries in North America. With a network of the top library executives in the United States and Canada, ULC articulates the strategic role public libraries serve for strengthening their community in economic and workforce development, learning and education, citizen engagement, health and public safety.
Diana Brawley Sussman, Director
Carbondale Public Library, ,
Diana Brawley Sussman is the Director of the Carbondale Public Library, and co-chair of Nonviolent Carbondale, a coalition that organizes and supports activities that foster nonviolent and compassionate interactions in the community (www.nonviolentcarbondale.org). She is also on the steering committee for the Sparrow Coalition, a community partnership addressing issues of homelessness and poverty in Southern Illinois (sparrowcoalition.org). Her library partners with Southern Illinois University to place an MSW social work intern in the library.
Amita Lonial, Learning Experiences Manager
Skokie Public Library, ,