On October 27, 2014, the American Library Association will join the Department of Education and the Department of Labor in hosting "$2.2 Billion Reasons to Pay Attention to WOIA," an interactive webinar that will explore ways that public libraries and community colleges can receive funding for employment skills training and job search assistance from the recently-passed Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act. Registration for the event will open Monday, Oct 20, 2014. Space is limited.
ALA's United for Libraries has a Fact Sheet for Friends and Foundations that addresses ADVOCACY CAMPAIGNS: LEGAL LIMITS ON SPENDING FOR NON-PROFITS.
Non-profit organizations may spend an insubstantial amount (less than 20% of the budget) on direct lobbying, when the Friends group itself or its members work to influence policy, legislation, bond issues, referenda, or the budget in favor of the library.
Libraries are embracing activities "outside the lines" to reconnect with their communities. What can you do? As individual library supporters, here are some ways to celebrate Outside the Lines:
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has heard from more than 1 million commenters on proposed rulemaking to Protect and Promote the Open Internet, including from the American Library Association (ALA), Association for College & Research Libraries (ACRL), the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). But it’s not too late to add your voice in support of network neutrality.
September is a perfect time to add more voices from the library and education community. Working with EDUCAUSE, ALA has developed a template letter of support for our comments that you can use to amplify our voice. Get the template letter from the ALA District Dispatch to customize with your information and follow guidelines for submission to FCC.
Thanks to Charlie Parker for pointing out this Wall Street Journal article endorsing public libraries for ebook services. See "Why the Public Library Beats Amazon—for Now" in the online Wall Street Journal for August 12, 2014. Reporter Geoffrey A. Fowler says that As E-Book subscription services grow [the library] catalogs, the age-old institution trumps all of the new paid e-book subscription services.
Are you a “Library Lover”? An “Information Omnivore”? Or are you totally “Off the Grid”? Take the Pew Research library engagement quiz to learn how your library habits and attitudes stack up against the general population. You can also use this quiz to gather information for your own library or community group.
Take the Pew Library Engagement Quiz.
According to a new Digital Inclusion Study from the American Library Association (ALA), nearly 100 percent of America’s public libraries offer workforce development training programs, online job resources, and technology skills training. Combined with maker spaces, coding classes, and programs dedicated to entrepreneurship and small business development, libraries are equipping U.S. communities with the resources and skills needed to succeed in today’s – and tomorrow’s – global marketplace.
From District Dispatch 7/30/3024
By Patricia Mazzei
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez won’t veto a higher property-tax rate ceiling for libraries set by county commissioners.
Mike Hernández, Gimenez’s spokesman, said Friday that the mayor decided to let the commission’s 8-5 vote from last week stand, even though that means the county’s overall tax rate could go up against Gimenez’s wishes.
“He will continue to insist that Miami-Dade County government — and our library system — operate as efficiently as possible,” Hernández said.
Commissioners will vote on the final tax rates and budget after two public hearings in September
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/07/25/4254854/miami-dade-mayor-lets-higher-library.html#storylink=cpy
Dr. Lee Rainie describes new research about the topology of library users. Some surprises from the national study include the fact that younger people are just as likely to use use libraries as older adults. E-reading is rising, but only 4% are e-book-only readers. Library users are more likely than others to be book-buyers too. A growing number of people are comfortable with the idea of loosening privacy to get recommendations based on previous reading. See the Summary. Read the report A typology of public library engagement in America - From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers - and beyond. Take the Pew test to see What kind of library user are you?
To keep up with developments in Tallahassee during the legislative session - or year round - the best place to check daily is the Sayfie Review.
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