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National Civic Review back issues
Public Libraries and the Future of Democracy
December 22, 2012... Today, survey after survey indicates that the majority of Americans have lost confidence in the ability of elected officials to solve the major challenges facing our country. Recently the National Institute for Civil Discourse asked voters what they believed the underlying causes are for this...
Libraries and Civic Engagement: Finding Hope after Tragedy
December 22, 2012... The conference room on the first floor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Library and Municipal Service Center in Aurora, Colorado, is packed--and it's buzzing. People are waiting for the evening's program to begin. Some sit at tables while others visit in small groups around the room. School-age...
Investing in Civic Engagement and Public Libraries: A Roundtable Discussion with Paula Ellis, Deborah Jacobs, and Julia Stasch
December 22, 2012... In April 2012, Paula Ellis, Deborah Jacobs, and Julia Stasch, strategic leaders at the Knight, Gates, and MacArthur foundations, respectively, wrote a joint editorial for publication during National Library Week urging people to rediscover their libraries as "portals to other worlds--and your...
From Books to Community: The Changing Value of Public Libraries
December 22, 2012... In 2011, Columbus (Ohio) Metropolitan Library's strategic planning review process prompted us to look at our mission/purpose statement. To help us understand our public's perspective of our purpose, we asked our 25,000 Facebook fans to respond to the following request: 1. Give us five words...
Guest Editor's Note
December 22, 2012... Civic engagement is an enduring cornerstone of our democratic society representing promise, opportunity, and responsibility all at once. While our political discourse is sometimes fractious, citizens everywhere gather daily to find the common ground that helps us meet our individual and...