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Today the Minnesota Library Association (MLA) is in sync with the federal universe. The Federal Communications Commission Chair held a live meeting today to promote a new initative on digital literacy, broadband and workforce support. To see the library-related quotes, see today’s Librarian by Day blog entry.
Today there is an MLA Program on digital literacy and efforts to bridge the digital divide in MInnesota. We are in sync with the universe!
Here are some of the handouts and presentation for “Minding the Gap: Bridging the Digital Divide in Minnesota.”
Minding the Gap: Bridging the Digital Divide in Minnesota (Prezi Presentation)
Public Libraries & Digital Literacy (Information Policy & Access Center, University of Maryland) (4-page Issue Brief)
Maps of Minnesota’s 360 Public Library Locations (Minnesota Department of Education)
Digital Inclusion Efforts in Minnesota (Mary Ann Van Cura, Minnesota State Library Services) (9-page annotated bibliography of organizations and efforts)
Digitalliteracy.gov – new, federal curriculum repository
So far this is one of my favorite handouts on the value of libraries to our communities. This is easy to look at and conveys unexpected information, gathered from reputable reseach. Share with staff, trustees, decision-makers, the community!
How Libraries Stack Up: 2010 (April 2010)
If you want to make a powerpoint presentation, two templates are available for your use. See Downloads column on right side of page. No need to register.
For more information, see: http://www.oclc.org/reports/stackup/
In tough times, people try to do quite a few things for themselves, including legal work. The services provided by open-to-the-public, county law libraries are profiled in a great article in today’s Star Tribune.
The new legal aid: Do it yourself
Minneapolis Star Tribune, 4/20/10
In bad economic times, public law libraries boom with visitors needing legal advice. Do-it-yourself legal work has become the way, from bankruptcy filings to fighting an eviction.
Librarians referenced or quoted:
Susan Larson, Minnesota State Law Library, which coordinates county law library service
Sara Galligan, Ramsey County Law Library (MN)
Gene Myers, Anoka County Law Library (MN)
Judy Meadows, Montana State Library
If you are looking for a county law library near you, check out the Minnesota County Law Library Directory. If you are asked to assist patrons with legal questions and could use some direction, take a look at Legal Reference and “Do It Yourself” Resources (Guest Blogger, Sara Galligan).
Yesterday the Pioneer Press started a two-part series on endangered libraries, and today it posted the second part.
4/18/10: To balance books, libraries close, take new forms: Libraries are in a funding crisis at the very moment that demand for their services is surging. The combination could force some small community libraries to close.
4/19/10: Lake Elmo library supporters consider mutiny in the county: If library is downsized, city might withdraw from system
Bob Shaw, email@example.com, is the series author.
Last week I shared the announcement that public radio was requesting public input on changes at public libraries since the recession, and was developing a news story for National Library Week. The story came out this morning, and is available as text and audio: Librarian’s Job Description Expands to Help Unemployed (Minnesota Public Radio, 4/12/2010)
The article quotes Jennifer Nelson, who does strategic planning for the Hennepin County Library system, Kim Poole, a librarian at Hennepin County’s Southdale Library in Edina, and Chrystie Hill, Community Services director for WebJunction (Central). The story highlights these services: assisting job seekers with online applications and social work concerns, teaching computer skills since job applications are now online, and providing internet access and a place to work.
After reading or listening to the story, consider sharing your thoughts with Minnesota Public Radio via “Help us cover this story”: “Tell Minnesota Public Radio News why this story or subject resonates with you, and where we should go from here. We also welcome corrections, news tips, resource recommendations, and story suggestions on other topics. The information will stay within the MPR newsroom and may be used to follow up on this story or investigate other subjects.”
Getting the word out about the current extent of the work of libraries is so important as our communities face tough economic times. Would welcome your comments!
Library staff and the public are invited to share their experiences and insights with Marketplace, a public radio program, for an upcoming National Library Week segment on the use of public libraries since the recession. To provide input, visit Does your library double as a job center? or click here: http://tinyurl.com/ye2ldt7.
You see a lot of funny things when you go online. Today is 2/23/2010, yet the article below is from the 3/1/2010 issue of Woman’s Day, posted online 2/1/2010. (Serials staff won’t find this amazing. They’re used to dealing with details that don’t fully align in the world of print + online + online updates. But I digress…..)
Stories are so powerful that Woman’s Day and the American Library Association offer an annual essay contest on the value of public libraries. The four essays by this year’s winners are now available. See what you think, and consider collecting stories about the value of your library from your library’s end users. Everyone, especially funders and decision-makers, loves a good story.
And, thanks to Jim Weikum, Arrowhead Library System for sharing this year’s article!
Sitting in a conference for library staff, I’m taking a moment to list here the great stuff ALA released today on broadband stimulus. The Washington Office released another practical paper for those who are making a BTOP application. Don’t miss: ALA Washington Office releases guidance on demonstrating libraries’ economic impact in BTOP applications (District Dispatch, 8/5/2009)
To learn about Federal Communications Commission (FCC) efforts and how libraries might influence national directions, view these links.
ALA: FCC should consider role, benefits of libraries in National Broadband Plan (District Dispatch, 8/5/2009)
Participate live or online in the planned FCC broadband workshops. View the schedule.
Yesterday ALA released a 7-page paper, “targeted to members of the library community who have a serious interest in applying to the Public Computer Center (PCC) funding category of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).”
The paper, “A Note On The Public Computer Center Funding Category and Library Proposals”, is available via this District Dispatch entry, ALA Washington Office releases paper on public computer center BTOP funding, library proposals.
I see the District Dispatch just provided a reminder about deadlines and resources, Broadband stimulus funding application deadline drawing near.
ALA’s Washington Office is doing a great job of providing info on a complicated grant.