Planning for Growth With Inclusive Engagement

May 25, 2016

Learn about Madison Public Library’s participatory process for building their eastside strategic plan. After holding more than 50 citywide dialogues that engaged Madison’s underrepresented communities, the library used the emerging themes to build a framework for prioritizing facility sites and services and designing outcome measures. This talk discusses lessons learned, how to keep equity in the front seat of library planning and how you can scale this process to your institution.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discover analytical tools you can use to see how your library fits into your city and regional landscape.
  2. Learn how to choose practical participatory methods that are right for your staff and the community.
  3. Learn the rules of engagement to work towards inclusion, not just diversity.
  4. Understand how to incorporate public input into policy and plans.

Presenter

Catherine Duarte, AICP

Catherine Duarte, AICP

Library Planner at Madison Public Library
Catherine Duarte is a library planner at Madison Public Library (WI). Her experience in cultural education and service learning in Albuquerque, NM fueled her interest in community development and the built environment. This took her to Austin, TX, where she got her graduate degree in Community and Regional Planning at UT Austin. She is interested in the role cultural infrastructure plays in reducing social and economic disparities.

Moderator

Janet Nelson

Janet Nelson

Janet is the former Director of Library Engagement and Solutions at Demco. She managed and developed relationships with key industry leaders to understand changing library trends and services.