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Enabling Smart, Inclusive, and Connected Communities: The Role of Public Libraries

Background

The project will build on the results of a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21) grant that CTG received back in 2013, which included a set of recommendations for public libraries to help them best contribute to and influence the opening of government within their communities. The new project will use a multi-method research approach and will produce literature and current practices reviews, case studies, and a national survey. It will also develop a report and a toolkit to guide libraries who are seeking to advance their role as community anchors and catalysts in smart city initiatives. The project team aims to increase and sustain relationships and collaborations between libraries and other organizations such as city governments and community organizations.