What Is A Community Dialogue?
A Community Dialogue is a loosely facilitated discussion that provides the opportunity for library staff and community leaders or members to discuss common, community-based challenges or aspirations.
Community Dialogues can help your library:
- Expand your understanding of patrons’ feelings about their local library and its programs, including programming related to STEM
- Obtain meaningful feedback from the community on who visits the library and why
- Have a conversation about how the library can better serve ethnically, economically, and geographically underserved and underrepresented audiences
- Better connect with local organizations and potential future partnersthat have shared interests with the library and community
These events are about more than leaving the room with a list of to-dos and answers to all the questions. Rather, they are about discussing topics and issues in an inclusive and uninhibited environment, with community representatives and stakeholders.
Community Dialogue Goals
- Strengthen librarians’ roles in establishing a STEM Learning Environment
- Identify underrepresented community groups
- Identify possible collaborations and partnerships within the community
- Contribute to developing a flexible Community Dialogue framework that all libraries can use