Bridgebuilding: Fostering Community Engagement and Dialogue

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Bridgebuilding is an approach for promoting engagement and dialog between groups of people with different perspectives and experiences. Recognizing libraries as trusted community spaces, IREX, in collaboration with Shamichael Hallman and with support from More Perfect, created the Bridgebuilding Resource Hub to support and enhance the bridgebuilding capabilities of public libraries, to help combat rising levels of distrust and division in our communities. Join this webinar to learn about the free tools in the Bridgebuilding Resource Hub, including methods for both conducting bridging activities and programs, and for measuring their effectiveness. Public library staff who have offered programs will share their experiences, the partners that they worked with, and what they learned. 


  • Tara Susman-Peña, Senior Technical Expert, Center for Applied Learning and Impact, IREX
  • Shamichael Hallman, Loeb Fellow, Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, and Teaching Fellow, Center for Impact Strategy, University of Pennsylvania
  • Matt McLain, Associate Director, Community Engagement, Salt Lake County Library (UT)
  • Seth Smith, Public Services Librarian, Daniel Boone Regional Library (MO)


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