As economies around the country rebuild after the effects of a devastating pandemic, policymakers should look to their public library systems as an incomparable asset and ally. But as advocates on dozens of different issue areas push for funding in their respective communities, libraries and their supporters must look to innovative and evidence-based strategies to break through the noise.
The Center for an Urban Future shares how its data-driven and actionable public policy research about the importance of libraries, along with robust communication strategies and tools, have influenced leaders in New York City to bolster public libraries for an equitable economy.
The Center for an Urban Future (CUF) is a think tank focused on strengthening New York City and expanding economic opportunity for all New Yorkers. One of New York's leading policy organizations, CUF uses fact-based research to elevate important and often overlooked issues onto the radar of policymakers and advance practical solutions that strengthen communities across New York and help all New Yorkers participate in the city’s rising prosperity.