New Report: “Public Libraries as Platforms For Civic Engagement”

New Report: “Public Libraries as Platforms For Civic Engagement” Via Gary Price at LJ InfoDocket https://www.infodocket.com/2018/05/24/new-report-public-libraries-as-platforms-for-civic-engagement/ “The following report comes from the University of Washington Information School’s Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA). Title Public Libraries as Platforms For Civic Engagement Authors Chris Coward Colin Maclay Maria Garrido Source University of Washington Information School’s Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA). May 2018 Abstract What role should the world’s public libraries have in civic engagement? In recent years, traditional media have weakened, the civic space has become increasingly divisive, and society has become ever more divided socially, economically and politically, yet public libraries have stood strong. They have long fulfilled a vital need for communal spaces where people can engage and exchange ideas and served as a “civic commons” where people can work together toward what they perceive as the public good. With democracy in crisis in many parts of the world, public libraries and librarians are asking how they can re-envision and nourish the role of libraries in promoting civic engagement. To this end, the University of Washington Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) and the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Innovation Lab invited a select group of thought leaders for a conversation aimed at sparking new ideas and solutions for global action. This gathering brought together a cross-section of leading thinkers from public libraries, civic media, collective action, peace building, the arts, media and data literacies, civic technology, gaming, and other fields, to explore ideas and practices to advance civic engagement. This report documents the discussions of this event. Direct to Full Text Report 24 pages; PDF. See Also: Blog...

5 ways you can use partnerships to transform your library into a community hub

5 ways you can use partnerships to transform your library into a community hub https://princh.com/use-partnerships-to-transform-your-library-into-a-community-hub/ “There is no doubt that people value libraries as a great source of information and relaxation during work or leisure time. Nonetheless, by taking a brief look at the public library statistics offered by UNESCO, it seems the direction for public libraries is one of funding cuts, decreasing amount of book loans or reducing the number of branches. The modern #library goes beyond the traditional book-based library service.CLICK TO TWEETThe modern library goes beyond the traditional book-based library service. There is much more a library can offer to its visitors and it can become a central hub for knowledge exchange where people can easily spend hours and hours. Here are 5 ways you can transform your library into a community hub. Partner with other local public institutions and offer a mix of community services Use the library as an opening to other public services. People perceive a visit to the library positively, whereas a visit to a public institution can be perceived sometimes as a time-consuming duty. Therefore, sharing the public space of the library with another public institution can be a great way to attract different user segments and make public institutions more attractive. Use the #library as an opening to other public services.CLICK TO TWEETAccording to Build Partnerships (a project created by a few libraries in Denmark), partnerships can develop in two ways; from an existing need, or by discovering a need that the network of partners wishes to fulfill together. 1. Partner with the local authority to offer citizen service functions...

Canada: Office of Privacy Commissioner Releases New Guidance to Help Address Consent Challenges in the Digital Age

Canada: Office of Privacy Commissioner Releases New Guidance to Help Address Consent Challenges in the Digital Age https://www.infodocket.com/2018/05/25/canadas-privacy-commissioner-releases-new-guidance-to-help-address-consent-challenges-in-the-digital-age/ From the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada: The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has published two important new guidance documents – on obtaining meaningful consent and on inappropriate data practices – to help organizations ensure they comply with their privacy obligations in the digital age. [Clip] The consent guidance sets out practical and actionable advice for organizations to ensure they obtain meaningful consent in the online environment,” says Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien, who launched the guidance today at a conference of the International Association of Privacy Professionals in Toronto. “Our goal here is also to help empower Canadians.” The guidance on “no-go zones”, meanwhile, suggests to companies which practices are inappropriate and informs individuals of what organizations are generally prohibited from doing, even with consent. [Clip] Organizations should educate themselves on the obligations set out in this new guidance and take steps to comply with the requirements. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada will begin applying the inappropriate data practices guidance July 1, 2018 and the consent guidance starting Jan. 1, 2019. The consultation on the issue of consent was launched in mid-2016 with the goal of identifying improvements to the existing model and to bring clearer definition to the roles and responsibilities of the various players who could implement them. Read the Complete News Release Guidance Documents Guidelines for Obtaining Meaningful Consent Guidance on Inappropriate Data Practices: Interpretation and Application 0f Subsection...