Getting Creative with Partnerships – Public Libraries and Community Arts Organizations

Getting Creative with Partnerships – Public Libraries and Community Arts Organizations http://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2018/08/getting-creative-with-partnerships-public-libraries-and-community-arts-organizations/ “What are some of the benefits to working with these community arts organizations? Adds variety to the types of library programs available to patrons. Regular patrons will be pleased that you’re providing them with more options, and you may even attract new library patrons with new, different programming. Builds relationships with other organizations. While in the short-term you’ll be able to provide a new program for your patrons, in the long-term you could develop a relationship with an organization that continues to benefit both institutions for years to come. Maybe you’ll collaborate on larger events or apply for grant funding together in the future. Costs little or nothing for the library. Many organizations will provide this type of programming for free because they are seeking opportunities to grow their audience and reach out to the community. If you’re looking for somewhere to start, approach organizations that include educational outreach as one of their missions (this will usually be stated somewhere on their website). Requires minimal library staff time. At the start library staff will have to contact the organization and schedule the program. Then there will be some time devoted to promotion of the event and possibly set up of the library space. However, all of this time should still be much less than creating a new program from scratch.”...

Technology hasn’t killed public libraries – it’s inspired them to transform and stay relevant 

Technology hasn’t killed public libraries – it’s inspired them to transform and stay relevant https://theconversation.com/technology-hasnt-killed-public-libraries-its-inspired-them-to-transform-and-stay-relevant-100900 “Critically and most revealingly, libraries are evaluated based on traditional metrics, such as loan and membership numbers, capturing only a fraction of the full value they contribute to our individual and collective life. Failure to recognize this by governments and policymakers puts at risk the diverse and nuanced ways libraries might shape Australia’s future.” From Technology hasn’t killed public libraries – it’s inspired them to transform and stay...

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Releases Statement on Fake News

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Releases Statement on Fake News Via Gary Price https://www.infodocket.com/2018/08/25/international-federation-of-library-associations-and-institutions-ifla-releases-statement-on-fake-news/ “From an Statement (Endorsed on August 20, 2018): The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is deeply concerned about the phenomenon of ‘fake news’, and in particular the policy responses that aim to address it. This statement contains recommendations to governments and libraries, and will be accompanied by a toolkit of resources. [Clip] IFLA therefore calls on governments to: Refrain from passing laws which will have a disproportionate impact on freedom of access to information and freedom of expression, notably through broadly or vaguely defined ‘bans’ of ‘fake news’, or other restrictions of access to digital resources and the Internet. Ensure that Internet platform regulation does not create incentives to restrict free speech in an unwarranted fashion. Show restraint in referring to “fake news” to avoid legitimising it as an excuse for censorship. Invest in media and information literacy programmes at all levels and for people of all ages which respond to contemporary needs, notably through libraries and schools, as part of broader efforts to achieve UN 2030 Agenda targets on education. Support research into: the way in which information is created and shared online, while respecting the privacy of users, and advertising models which may distort the way in which information is displayed and shared. Work with all relevant partners to promote the value of quality information, ensuring that such efforts do not exclude new or diverse voices. Read the Complete Statement See Also: Real Solutions to Fake News: How Libraries Help (August...

IMLS Announces National Study on Museums, Libraries, and Social Wellbeing

IMLS Announces National Study on Museums, Libraries, and Social Wellbeing Via Gary Price “From an IMLS News Release (Full Text): Building on a growing body of work conducted by IMLS and others over the past several years, the Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the commencement of a new study, Understanding the Social Wellbeing Impacts of the Nation’s Libraries and Museums. The goal of the year-long project is to gain a better understanding on a national level of the conditions under which museums and libraries contribute to quality of life and wellbeing in the communities they serve. The new study will focus on these institutions’ essential roles within a community to help them demonstrate the success and impact of their programs and services. Building upon IMLS’s 2016 study Strengthening Networks, Sparking Change: Museums and Libraries as Community Catalysts, this new research is grounded in the social wellbeing framework that looks beyond economic outputs to assess the relative wellness of individuals, communities, and nations. It recognizes that while people value their material standard of living, other factors also matter, including cultural engagement, economic and ethnic diversity, political voice, and social connections. The study aligns with the IMLS Strategic Plan, Transforming Communities, by strengthening the capacity of museums and libraries to improve the wellbeing of their communities. The research will quantify 10 dimensions of social wellbeing at the county level across the nation that represent material standard of living, economic and ethnic diversity, health, school effectiveness, housing quality, political connection, the presence of cultural institutions and nonprofit organizations in the community, the environment, and personal safety. The study will identify counties where the presence of museums...