Canada: Ottawa Super Library (A Public and National Library) “Projected to Be Done In 2024 At New Cost Of $174.8 Million”

Canada: Ottawa Super Library (A Public and National Library) “Projected to Be Done In 2024 At New Cost Of $174.8 Million” https://www.infodocket.com/2018/05/30/canada-ottawa-super-library-public-and-national-projected-to-be-done-in-2024-at-new-cost-of-174-8-million/ From The Ottawa Citizen: “The estimated cost of a super library on LeBreton Flats is now $174.8 million and the City of Ottawa will need to borrow $80 million to help cover its end of the development deal with Library and Archives Canada, a new report says. The completion year is 2024, which adds an additional year to the last estimated timeline. The city on Tuesday revealed its financing plan for a joint municipal flagship library and Library and Archives building. Construction costs have gone up by $6.8 million since the last high-level estimate. The city says it has refined the costs and also taken into account construction inflation since the last estimate. Selling the current main library building will help the city afford a new library.” Read the Complete Article See Also: Cost of New Library Jumps to $174.8 Million (via...

Digital Donations: Key Trends for Charities and Non-Profits

Digital Donations: Key Trends for Charities and Non-Profits http://www.opin.ca/en/article/digital-donations-key-trends-charities-and-non-profits “Understanding the modern digital environment is the key to succeeding in the charity and non-profit sector. Technology has completely revolutionized the way consumers interact with businesses. Advancements in technology have resulted in a shift in fundraising environment for charities and non-profits. These changes have left charities and non-profits with no choice but to embrace their new digital landscape. Most charities and non-profits have donation buttons directly on their website homepages. Making digital donations easier is a great first step, but these buttons are not enough for donor engagement. Organizations must focus on ways to provide better services to donors, communities, and their members. In the age of technology, donors continue to seek value and sense of worth when donating to a good cause. We’re going to provide you with digital trends and how they’re impacting the business environment for charities and non-profits. Below are five digital trends and their impacts on charities and non-profits.” Disruption of Conventional Charitable Contribution Paradigm Shift in Charity Accountability Peer-to-Peer Influence on Funding Value and Transparency are Key Digital Technology is the New Way of Donating “These five digital trends will impact charities and non-profits for years to come. Understanding the impact of technology in this sector is crucial to continued success in engaging donors and creating value.”...

Public Libraries As Partners for Health

Public Libraries As Partners for Health ORIGINAL RESEARCH — Volume 15 — May 24, 2018 https://www.cdc.gov/Pcd/issues/2018/17_0392.htm Eliza D. Whiteman, MS, MPH1,2; Roxanne Dupuis, MSPH2; Anna U. Morgan, MD, MSc, MSHP3; Bernadette D’Alonzo, MPH2; Caleb Epstein2; Heather Klusaritz, PhD2,4; Carolyn C. Cannuscio, ScD2,4 (View author affiliations) Suggested citation for this article: Whiteman ED, Dupuis R, Morgan AU, D’Alonzo B, Epstein C, Klusaritz H, et al. Public Libraries As Partners for Health. Prev Chronic Dis 2018;15:170392. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd15.170392. PEER REVIEWED Lead author Eliza Whiteman, MS, MPH, answers questions about this study in PCD’s latest edition of PCD Sound Bites. Abstract Introduction Public libraries are free and accessible to all and are centers of community engagement and education, making them logical choices as partners for improving population health. Library staff members routinely assist patrons with unmet health and social needs. Methods We used a 100-question, self-administered web survey sent to all library directors listed in the Pennsylvania Library Association database (N = 621), to investigate staff interactions with library patrons to address social determinants of health. We conducted statistical comparisons of quantitative responses and a content analysis of open-ended responses. Results Respondents (N = 262) reported frequently interacting with patrons around health and social concerns — well beyond those related to literacy and education — including help with employment (94%), nutrition (70%), exercise (66%), and social welfare benefits (51%). Acute emergencies were not uncommon in Pennsylvania’s public libraries, with nearly 12% of respondents having witnessed a drug overdose at the library in the past year. Most respondents felt that their professional training left them inadequately prepared to assist patrons with health and...