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  • Amita Lonial | Principal LibrarianSan Diego County Library

    Amy Koester | Youth & Family Program Supervisor

    Skokie Public Library

    Building Civic Engagement with a Civic Lab

  • Civic Engagement in Libraries

    Source: Indianapolis Public Libraryhttp://www.indypl.org/strategicplan/images/wordclouds/8_InformCitizen_wordcloud.jpg

  • Civic education in America may not be enumerated within the Bill of Rights, but it does not change the fact that it remains the ultimate, tried and true weapon in the fight for justice and equity

    -Elizabeth Adetiba

    source: https://blackyouthproject.com/why-america-needs-justice-oriented-civic-education-now-more-than-ever/

    https://blackyouthproject.com/why-america-needs-justice-oriented-civic-education-now-more-than-ever/https://blackyouthproject.com/why-america-needs-justice-oriented-civic-education-now-more-than-ever/https://blackyouthproject.com/why-america-needs-justice-oriented-civic-education-now-more-than-ever/

  • The Uni Projectwww.theuniproject.org

    The Free Black Womans Libraryhttp://thefreeblackwomanslibrary.tumblr.com

    CivicLabhttp://www.civiclab.us

    Inspiration & Ideation

    http://www.theuniproject.orghttp://www.theuniproject.orghttp://thefreeblackwomanslibrary.tumblr.comhttp://thefreeblackwomanslibrary.tumblr.comhttp://www.civiclab.us/http://www.civiclab.us/

  • To engage individuals more fully in the learning experience, develop and pilot a learning pathways model for programming. A learning pathway is an evident continuum of learning opportunities across the spectrum of ages and abilities and is composed of multiple facets of learning. Pathways would support learning and literacy by facilitating social bridging, peer learning, and intergenerational learning opportunities.

    Learning Pathways

  • Collection

    Adults Teens Kid & Families Curated Multi-format

    https://skokielibrary.info/blog/78/welcome-to-the-civic-lab/

    Civic Lab Components

    https://skokielibrary.info/blog/78/welcome-to-the-civic-lab/https://skokielibrary.info/blog/78/welcome-to-the-civic-lab/

  • Critical Inquiry

    Voting stations Postcard station Rotating content

    Civic Lab Components

  • Design

    Public square Branding Mobility Collaboration

    Civic Lab Components

  • Materials:microcollections vs. lists

    Learning from the Boutique

  • Materials:microcollections vs. lists

    Engagement:browsing, voting, talking, writing

    Learning from the Boutique

  • Materials:microcollections vs. lists

    Engagement:browsing, voting, talking, writing

    Measuring:

    Learning from the Boutique

  • After living here for 18 years, brought as a 7 year old, yes, please! There are so many people here, good people, who already feel this is their country, even without citizenship.

    Patron responding to the voting prompt Should all undocumented immigrants be given a path to citizenship?

  • Key takeaways for future iterations:

    Learning from the Boutique

  • Key takeaways for future iterations:

    Patrons prefer direct conversation with library staff and/or one another

    Facilitation is vital

    Learning from the Boutique

  • Key takeaways for future iterations:

    Patrons prefer direct conversation with library staff and/or one another

    Facilitation is vital

    Voting as an activity offers a range of levels for engagement

    Purposefully think of scaffolded options

    Learning from the Boutique

  • Key takeaways for future iterations:

    Learning from Pop-Ups

  • Key takeaways for future iterations:

    Patrons are drawn to resource-based conversations around topics they see in the news

    Provide items for information & inspiration

    Learning from Pop-Ups

  • Key takeaways for future iterations:

    Patrons are drawn to resource-based conversations around topics they see in the news

    Provide items for information & inspiration

    Patrons are eager to participate and want to know when & on what topic

    Rethinking our pop-up philosophy

    Learning from Pop-Ups

  • Civic Lab Team & Standards

    Staffing

    Curatorial team Staff support across the library

  • Civic Lab Team & Standards

    Staffing

    Curatorial team Staff support across the library

    What constitutes a Civic Lab installation

    Event listing Central prompt/question w/ activities Handout Direct facilitation Documentation

  • Core questions:

    Trying the Civic Lab Model at Your Library

  • Core questions:

    What type of engagement is right for your community?

    Trying the Civic Lab Model at Your Library

  • Core questions:

    What type of engagement is right for your community?

    How do you get staff buy-in? Community buy-in?

    Trying the Civic Lab Model at Your Library

  • Core questions:

    What type of engagement is right for your community?

    How do you get staff buy-in? Community buy-in?

    What topics are timely?

    Trying the Civic Lab Model at Your Library

  • Core questions:

    What type of engagement is right for your community?

    How do you get staff buy-in? Community buy-in?

    What topics are timely?

    How can you ideate and learn as you go?

    Trying the Civic Lab Model at Your Library

  • If youre tired of arguing with strangers on the internet, try talking with one of them in real life.

    President Barack Obama

    Farewell Address, 10 January 2017

  • https://skokielibrary.info/events/group/civic-lab/

    Amita Lonial | San Diego County Library

    amita.lonial@sdcounty.ca.gov

    Amy Koester | Skokie Public Library

    akoester@skokielibrary.info

    Questions?

    Thanks!