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Workshop Brainstorming Activity
At the Librarians Fostering Civic Engagement workshops in the fall of 2018, attendees participated in a brainstorming activity based on the approach in Simon Sinek's book, Start with Why. The lists below outline responses from attendees at the 7 workshops offered throughout Massachusetts.
Why should libraries promote civic engagement?
- Connect people with community knowledge.
- Democracy and diversity.
- Demonstrate value and promote services.
- Foundational to our mission and role.
- Give voice to needs.
- Help the library understand needs and gaps.
- Increase social engagement and generate connectedness.
- Increase community engagement.
- Increase literacy and responds to lack of civic literacy. Disseminates information.
- It's fun and rewarding.
- Librarians are trusted, non-partisan, good stewards.
- Libraries are the logical place with readily available, free resources for all.
- Libraries bring people together. Foster collaboration and create a strong, healthy community.
- Libraries Transform.
- Reach all ages.
How can libraries foster civic engagement?
- Assess community interests and needs.
- Collection development.
- Connect people with each other.
- Educate about ideas.
- Foster internal culture.
- Have consistent expectations.
- Host community conversations.
- Host programs, events, and forums.
- Include civic engagement in the strategic plan.
- Model curiosity and democratic structure.
- Offer lifelong learning programs.
- Participate in existing engagement.
- Partnerships. Build relationships. Outreach.
- Provide space.
- Teach digital literacy.
- Use social media and other communications.
What can libraries do to foster civic engagement?