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Driving Advocacy with Data: Using the 2012 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study for Advocacy Efforts

Webinar (full archive of audio and slides) – October 18, 2012
Sponsored by: ALA Office for Library Advocacy, ALA Office for Research & Statistics

Presenters:
John Carlo Bertot, Co-Director, Information Policy & Access Center, University of Maryland
Charlie Parker, Executive Director, Tampa Bay Library Consortium
Judy Hoffman, Project Manager, American Library Association, Office for Research & Statistics
Marci Merola, Director, American Library Association, Office for Library Advocacy

The combination of national and state statistics, your library’s statistics and real-life examples provide the basis for truly powerful stories. Local and state libraries across the nation have utilized national and state data from the Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study to help craft effective advocacy and marketing messages. Attendees will learn how to interpret the latest data and emerging trends; access new advocacy and marketing tools, including state profiles, issue briefs and PR templates; and use the data to make the case for your library with elected officials and community stakeholders.

2011 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study: Results, Trends, and Resources

Webinar (full archive of audio and slides) - November 1, 2011
Sponsored by: WebJunction, ALA TechSource, ALA Office for Research & Statistics


Over 8,400 urban, suburban, and rural libraries participated in the 2011 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study, the largest and longest-running study of Internet connectivity in U.S. public libraries. In this webinar you will learn how to interpret the data and emerging trends; access new advocacy and marketing tools including state profiles, issue briefs, and PR templates; and use the data to make the case for your library with elected officials and community stakeholders.

Presenters:
John Carlo Bertot, Co-Director, Information Policy & Access Center, University of Maryland
Judy Hoffman, Project Manager, American Library Association, Office for Research & Statistics
Peggy D. Rudd, Director, Texas State Library and Archives Commission

E-Gov: Make it Work @ your Library

Webinar - December 9, 2010
Sponsored by: American Libraries Magazine, ALA Office for Research & Statistics, ALA Washington Office


As government agencies continue to digitize forms and services, libraries are often the only organizations that can help citizens interact with these agencies and access e-government resources. In fact, public library staff report this is the second most critical (after providing services to job seekers) service they provide to library patrons.

At the same time, 53% of libraries report staff do not have the necessary skills to meet patrons e-government needs. This webinar shares new e-government resources and data to help your library succeed in this growing and evolving service area.

Presenters:
Nancy Fredericks, nancyfredericks@pascolibraries.org 
E-Government Services Manager, Pasco County Public Library Cooperative (Florida)
E-Government in Public Libraries (video presentation)
Presentation slides

Bill SudduthSUDDUTHW@mailbox.sc.edu
Head of Government Information and Microforms, Newspapers and Maps, University of South Carolina
E-Government Web sites (video presentation)
Presentation slides

John Bertot, jbertot@umd.edu
Director, Center for Library & Information Innovation, University of Maryland
Libraries and E-Government: Building the Future Through Collaboration and Education (video presentation)
Presentation slides

Judy Hoffman, jhoffman@ala.org (moderator)
Project Manager, American Library Association, Office for Research & Statistics

Additional E-Government Resources:
U.S. Public Libraries and E-Government Services (Issues Brief): Describes the increased use of online government information and services, the critical role of public libraries in helping provide access and assistance using these resources, and the challenges that must be addressed to improve e-government at the local, state and federal level.

E-Government Toolkit: Tips and guidance to assist librarians in planning, managing, funding and promoting e-government services. Produced by ALA Office of Government Relations.

State Profiles, 2009-2010 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study: Includes individual state survey data hand-outs for e-government and employment, along with four issues briefs in the areas of Broadband, Community Access, E-Government, and Employment.

Collaborating to Create a More Competitive Workforce

Leaders at the Core of Better Communities 96th Annual ICMA Conference

Collaborating to Create a More Competitive Workforce (.ppt)

Improving literacy and technology skills are key to ensuring a more competitive workforce now and in the future. At the same time, limited public resources demand holistic, collaborative approaches that are cost-effective. U.S. public libraries - working with city/county agencies, businesses and non-profits - are connecting millions of unemployed and underemployed people with resources and training to meet 21st Century demands.

In fact, services for job seekers were ranked the most important public Internet services provided to library communities. Learn from California library and workforce agencies how they have developed and implemented replicable programs to improve job prospects and create a more competitive workforce.

With more locations (16,671) than McDonald's in the United States, combined with trained staff and technology resources, public libraries are well-positioned to serve as a community technology hub and learning center.

Presenters will share models of collaboration that leverage existing resources and infrastructure to improve services and support community economic development. 

Speakers: 
Kim Walesh, San Jose Assistant Director of Economic Development and Chief Strategy Officer
Kary Bloom, Fund Development Specialist, San Jose Public Library
Danis Kreimeier, Director, Napa City-County Public Library
Bruce Wilson, Workforce Development Manager, Napa Workforce Investment Board
Larra Clark, Researcher, American Library Association   
 

Highlights from the 2009-2010 Public Library Funding & Technology Study 2010

Highlights from the 2009-2010 Public Library Funding & Technology Study 2010 (.ppt)

Leading researchers, Denise M. Davis from the ALA Office for Research & Statistics and John Carlo Bertot from the Center for Library & Information Innovation at the University of Maryland, share insights and trends from new research in a free one-hour webinar.

Working Smarter: Libraries Partner to Support Workforce Development

National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference - July 18, 2010

Working Smarter: Libraries Partner to Support Workforce Development (.pdf)

At a time when public resources are stretched more than at any time in recent memory, public libraries – working with county agencies, businesses and non-profits – are connecting job seekers with resources and training to meet Digital Age demands. Learn from NACo board members and librarians how they have implemented replicable workforce development and 21st century skill programs to aid county residents.  With more locations (16,600) than McDonald’s in the United States, combined with trained staff and technology resources, public libraries are well-positioned to partner with other county agencies to achieve community goals. 
 
Presenters
Tony Bennett, Commissioner, Ramsey County, MN  
Joe Bryan, Commissioner, Wake County, NC 
Betty Lou Ward, Commissioner, Wake County, NC  
Susan Nemitz, Director, Ramsey County Library, MN 
Susan Wolf Neilson, Business Librarian, Wake County Library, NC 
Larra Clark, Researcher, American Library Association

More Demand, Less Money: Sustaining Technology Access in a Tight Economy - ALA Office for Research & Statistics

Moderator:
Larra Clark, project manager, ALA Office for Research & Statistics
Introduction (.ppt)

Linda Yoder, director, Napannee (IN) Public Library
NICCL Plus (.ppt)

John Carlo Bertot, director, University of Maryland (UMCP) Center for Library & Information Innovation
Strategies for Public Library PAT and Broadband Enhancement (.ppt)

Betsy Fowler, director, Chesapeake (VA) Public Library
Libraries – 21st Century Collaborative Models: Part1 | Part 2 | Part 3 (.ppt)

ALA Annual Conference 2009 presentations are also available on ALA Presentations Wiki.

Presentation to Pennsylvania Public Library District and System Directors and Staff

Sustaining Library Technology in a Tough Economy (.ppt) ALA Office for Research and Statistics

  

For more information on the Public Library Funding and Technology Access Study, please contact Judy Hoffman at (312) 280-4291 or jhoffman@ala.org.

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