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Bridgebuilding: Fostering Community Engagement and Dialogue

Learn about the free tools in the Bridgebuilding Resource Hub and hear from public library staff who have offered bridgebuilding programs for deeper engagement with their communities.

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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, Director of Civic Health and Economic Opportunity, Urban Libraries Council
  • 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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14 September 2023


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]

Webinar presenter Tara Susman-Peña

Webinar presenter Shamichael Hallman

Webinar presenter Matt McLain

Webinar presenter Seth Smith