Advocating for Libraries Tips for talking to your legislators

Advocating for Libraries Tips for talking to your legislators Advocating for Libraries “Don’t overestimate what legislators know (or understand) about your cause. Be ready to educate them each legislative session, and do so in engaging ways. Legislators are busy people who get a lot of information thrown at them, often about unfamiliar subjects and issues. Make it simple for legislators to absorb—and remember—your library’s story and why it’s important to their constituents and your state. For example, we have created eye-catching brochures and infographics that clearly illustrate facts, statistics, and issues in a way that is easy to understand and retain. And these materials can be customized with data about a legislator’s district or a particular part of the state. Research your legislators. Focus your efforts on senators and representatives whose stated goals and interests align the best with the library mission. For example, one of our agency’s strategic goals concerns workforce development, which is also a stated priority for one of our key legislators. In our correspondence with this legislator, we demonstrate specific library and agency programs, services, and assistance that the community uses to spur workforce and economic development. We also include a success story that highlights the issue and the effect the agency and library have on the topic and the community. The story personalizes the subject and makes it more relevant and memorable. And we customize a version of a brochure or infographic to reinforce the topic. Tailor your message. Find out what messages might resonate with the people who have control over the purse strings and tailor a pitch to each one. This can go a long...

Important changes to the Ontario Public Library Statistics program.

Dear public library and First Nation public library CEOs and contracting organization lead contacts: The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport has made some important changes to the Ontario Public Library Statistics program. The following changes are based on input ministry staff have received from public library CEOs, public library organizations, and Ontario Library Services staff. New Timelines The biggest change in the Ontario Public Library Statistics program is the change in dates for the Annual Survey of Public Libraries launch and deadline. Starting in 2018, the Annual Survey will launch at the end of January with a final deadline of June 30th, 2018. As a sector, you have asked for statistics to be published even sooner.  These new time-lines will help us to do that.  To that end, when the survey launches at the end of January, we ask that you aim to submit your data as soon as possible to enable us to meet your requests for earlier public library sector data. No need to await a municipality, board or Band audit *Please note: you do not need to have your municipal or board or First Nation Band audit to fill out the Annual Survey’s Financial section.  You can use your best available financial or pre-audit financial information. Monthly Statistics Updates Another exciting new development for 2018 will be the availability of pre-final, monthly data throughout the survey period, which the ministry will make available upon request. This means the more libraries who submit their data early within a particular population group, the more useful this pre-final data will be for libraries in comparing their services to those...

The 2017 US Public Library Data Service Report: Characteristics and Trends

The 2017 Public Library Data Service Report: Characteristics and Trends   The 2017 Public Library Data Service Report: Characteristics and Trends “Summary The following summary of key findings is based primarily on analysis of results from the cohort of continuously reporting libraries: Over the last five years library programs per capita have grown at a rate (6.3 percent) twice the decrease in circulation per capita (-3.0 percent). Since 2012, staff expenditures (representing over 67 percent of operating expenditures) increased 7.05 percent while the number of staff/capita decreased -1.5 percent. Electronic circulation is growing steadily at a rate of 11.7 percent, but not sufficiently to off set the decline in physical materials circulation. Consortial sharing relationships for electronic materials significantly increased Holdings for libraries with a Population of Legal Service Area <100,000. Declines in circulation may in part be a result of changes in measurement over time (differences in circulation policies especially for electronic materials) and due to an overall decline in library usage that mirrors the de- cline in unemployment rates (that have dropped steadily since 2011), reductions in usage of CD/DVD materials and a slowing uptake in electronic usage. While expenditure on CD/DVD materials ($2.26/capita) decreased $0.02 in FY2016 there was a decline in share (-4.08 percent) of overall...

The Young Canada Works 2018 campaign has launched!

The Young Canada Works 2018 campaign has launched! December 4, 2017 The Young Canada Works 2018 campaign has launched! The Canadian Council of Archives is pleased to announce that the 2018 campaign for the program Young Canada Works (YCW) in Heritage Organizations has been launched. Archival institutions as well as libraries operating in English are now able to apply online for both summer projects and internships via the YCW official web site. For more information and to obtain a copy of the Employer Guide, please visit our web site. You will find the links for the program’s Guidelines and application forms on the YCW website. IMPORTANT: The application deadline for the summer projects is January 15, 2018. The application deadline for the internships is February 1st, 2018. If you have any questions concerning your application in the archival field, do not hesitate to contact Louise Charlebois or Isabelle Alain at ycw_jct@archivescanada.ca. If you have any questions concerning your application as a library operating in English, do not hesitate to contact Sabrina Pound at ycw-cla@archivescanada.ca. The Young Canada Works 2018 campaign has...