Conversation in Civic Innovation: Libraries as Drivers of Civic Engagement


District Hall
75 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA
United States

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 - 5:30pm

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Alongside the fire house, schools and town hall, libraries have always been anchor civic buildings in our communities. And once as the center for books and research, libraries now play a critical role are reinventing themselves as civic institutions appropriate to the dynamic needs of the 21st century. And at a time when information is broadly available through our phones and computers, identifying trusted sources for information is in high demand.

Join us at District Hall for a discussion on libraries as drivers of civic engagement, covering the following topics:

  • The role of space and place;
  • The role of data and technology;
  • The shift of offerings;
  • The role of libraries in maintaining equitable access to key resources.


  1. Kim Lucas, City of Boston Department of Information Technology (moderator)
  2. David Leonard, Boston Public Library
  3. Dan Cohen, Northeastern Library
  4. Chris Colbert, Harvard Innovation Labs
  5. Elizabeth Soeiro, Cambridgeport School library media specialist

5:30-6 PM Registration and networking
6:00-7:00PM Panel Discussion (line-up to be released soon)
7:00-7:30PM Q&A
7:30-8:30PM Post event networking


About the Organizers:

Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center New England aims for Microsoft to be “of” the community, not just exist within it. Through the Innovation and Policy Center, we are extending beyond the tech community to:

  • Connect stakeholders from tech to the broader business, academic and government communities;
  • Catalyze important technology and public policy discussions, and;
  • Contribute more directly to the health and vitality of greater New England.

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Venture Café Foundation believes anyone with an idea has the potential to be an innovator, and that innovation is present everywhere. Our vision is to create a network of empowered individuals and communities who feel confident in their ideas and have the resources to achieve them. By providing spaces, programs, and connections, we can strengthen our local and global communities to tackle problems with creative solutions. Our mission is to broaden, connect, and support an inclusive innovation community through a public network of spaces and programs to help anyone with an idea have the opportunity to succeed.


Venture Café Foundation’s spaces & programs in Greater Boston are District HallVenture Café Kendall and the Roxbury Innovation Center, andStartHub. Venture Café Foundation is part of a growing global network of Venture Cafes.

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