Guides for Community Discussions: National Issues Forums (NIF) and Others

A one-hour webinar about issue books, videos, and other guides available to help librarians bring their communities together to talk in productive, civil, and interesting ways. A growing and diverse array of nonpartisan, non-agenda-driven materials about important public issues are available from the National Issues Forum Institute and other sources.

The presenters review and show examples of available materials; describe how these guides can support engaging library programs; and give examples of how librarians have used them in their communities. At the end of the webinar there was Q&A as well as suggestions and stories.


  • An overview of National Issues Forums (NIF) and NIF Issue Guides, inlcuding how NIF materials help small groups talk about public issues
  • A resource guide for locating Issue Discussion Materials
  • A step-by-step guide for convening forums @ your library

Who Should Attend

This program is beneficial for everyone.





How to Register

View the recorded presentation.

Tech Requirements

YouTube access and speakers/headphones


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