Five Ways to Use Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study Issues Briefs

Libraries and library agencies may choose to use Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study issues briefs and/or excerpts from these documents in a variety of scenarios.  Here are five possible ways you can put the briefs to work in positioning your 21st Century library:

jobs brief plftas 2009-2010 1)  Download and print the job-seeking brief to use as a backgrounder with your local library use statistics, the story of a library patron that found his/her job using library resources, and your budget request to the city or county council.

2)  Download and print the education brief to use as a backgrounder for a proposal to collaborate with your local school or community college to jointly provide a new electronic resource or computer classes geared to students.

3)  Pull relevant statistics or quotes to include in library press releases and reports. Here are examples of how news outlets have referenced study data.

4)  Steal our briefs! Replace national data with state and local library statistics. Plug in quotes from your own patrons. Let people know about library-specific resources that support job seekers, students, e-government and more.

5)  Use the briefs in full or in part to increase awareness and support for improving library bandwidth, purchasing laptops or netbooks, or even new capital projects that may include a technology component. Here’s how the ALA Washington Office used data to support stimulus funding for public libraries.