Staff acted as facilitators for over two dozen Community Conversations conducted in May, June, July and August 2018. Using methodology developed by The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, we asked participants to talk about their concerns, hopes and aspirations about their communities. These were not library focus groups; rather we used these conversations as a way to learn more about ways SCLSNJ can make a difference in the community that may not already be reflected in our core services.
This report summarizes the broad themes and ideas that emerged from the conversations as a whole. Some of the individual conversations, especially those held in specific member municipalities, included more specific concerns, aspirations and actions. As we finish one-page overviews of these individual conversations, we’ll share them here.