Museums & Libraries

​No longer mere repositories of books and information, libraries and museums are becoming hubs of civic engagement and “community living rooms” – places where people come together to discuss the issues affecting their communities and the world. Civic reflection is an effective tool as museums and libraries make this transition, helping staff members and visitors to not only read, learn, and think together, but talk together about civic issues.

CCR Director, Adam Davis, lead a discussion with representatives from cultural museums across Chicago.
CCR Director, Adam Davis, lead a discussion with representatives from cultural museums across Chicago.

Benefits:

  • Enhanced facilitation skills that enable librarians and museum staff to lead meaningful discussions with visitors, community members, and colleagues.

  • Strategic shift to thinking about libraries and museums as places where people learn from books and exhibits to places where people learn from each other.

  • Opportunity to engage new communities and populations -- i.e. younger audiences, adults who bring their children to libraries and/or museums, etc.

View impact case studies that detail CCR's work with museums and libraries.

What People Are Saying

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From the beginning, we recognized that civic reflection had the potential to have a transformative effect on our staff. In particular, we hoped that our staff would develop the ability to see their libraries and themselves differently, that they would come to regard the library as a meeting place and a crossroads for the community. This program gives us the opportunity to push our programming to a new level.

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--Mark Smith

Riverside County Library System

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Libraries are ideally situated to nurture... democratic practices. Libraries are open to all; they contain books and other materials that can provide people with a common experience and vocabulary... Libraries, which are often seen as products of democracy, can also be seen as engines of democracy, as places where people go to engage with one another and to begin making a difference.

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--Adam Davis

Director, Center for Civic Reflection

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Dialogue, reflection, and creative exchange are truly necessary for transformation, engagement, and personal and social change. CCR’s partnership with the Neighborhood Writing Alliance has demonstrated the value in this important work, creating opportunities for public discussion and community building.

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--Rachael Hudak

Program Director, Neighborhood Writing Alliance