Community Indicators Consortium

About the Community Indicators Consortium


Community Indicators Consortium


The Community Indicators Consortium   (CIC) was organized in the belief that information sharing, collaboration and open dialogue — across geography and disciplines – are key to the advancement of people, the quality of community life and the sustainability of our shared environment. To that end, CIC seeks bridges that span the gap between community indicators use and performance measurement, providing ways for community groups and governments to coordinate efforts and jointly enhance knowledge about the use of indicators to leverage positive change.

Through these activities, CIC has become a major node in the expanding field of community measurement. The CIC website offers a place where community-based practitioners, academic experts, engaged community residents, public officials, students, civic leaders, planners, media professionals and other stakeholders can learn from one another and participate in an active global learning community.

July 9, 2014 at 5:19 pm Leave a comment

Yatesville, Georgia- Rural Library Project

The Rural Library Project is a nonprofit organization committed to the establishment of new, small libraries in rural areas. We collaborate with citizens, public library systems and governments in these areas to raise funds for and build libraries in their towns. We view these local public libraries as centers of learning, community building, and civic pride.

The specific goals and services of The Rural Library Project are to:

  • Provide project management services necessary for small rural communities to establish new library facilities. This includes coordinating the design, coordinating and overseeing the construction and overseeing the equipping of the new library to meet community needs and budgets.
  • Seek and provide challenge grants for rural communities committed to building new library facilities. These challenge grants are to initiate and assist local public fundraising campaigns to establish new libraries.
  • Seek and provide grants to establish summer reading programs following the construction of new library facilities.

The Rural Library Project.

White, Dan1. 2014. “The Rural Library Project: Building Libraries, Building Community.” Public Library Quarterly 33, no. 2: 108-120.

July 4, 2014 at 12:40 pm Leave a comment

ALA 2014-“Librarians Build Communities”

In 2011 Group F of the ALA Emerging Leaders were charged with developing a national Libraries Build Communities Program. On March 10th, 2011, the name was officially changed from “Libraries Build Communities” to “Librarians Build Communities,” in order to reflect that volunteering is an act by a person and to return to the originally intended name of the program.

Badge: Librarians can do it!

June 26, 2014 at 10:17 am Leave a comment

Failure of ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education on civic engagement and social justice

From: “Shana Higgins” <>
Sent: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 10:07:42 AM
Subject: [WGSS-L] Social Justice and Civic Engagement in the new ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education


We are concerned that the new ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education does little to incorporate and explicitly articulate important critical habits of mind of information literacy development such as civic engagement and addressing social justice issues. We appreciate that the new Framework attempts to revise the Standards that defined information literacy in mechanistic, reified terms. The model of “frames” takes into account these critiques insofar as the articulation of information literacy offers space for the contextual nature of research, scholarship, and information-seeking practices. We are heartened by “frames” such as “Research as Inquiry,” indicating that inquiry “extends beyond the academic world…” (pt. 1, line 491) and may focus on “personal, professional, or societal needs” (pt. 1, lines 493-494); and “Authority is Constructed and Contextual,” acknowledging that “various communities may recognize different types of authority” (pt. 2, lines 18-19). Yet these moves do not go far enough toward a practice of critical information literacy.*


Emphasizing social inclusion; cultural, historical, and socioeconomic contexts; access issues; critical awareness of the mechanisms of establishing authority, including academic authority; and civic and community engagement would strengthen the Framework. Furthermore it would recognize the growing community of librarians committed to social justice and civic engagement. We look forward to opportunities for discussion of and to provide more specific suggestions for better inclusion of civic engagement and social justice issues in the new ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. 


Would you also like to see social justice/civic engagement clearly articulated in the new ACRL Framework? Join us:




Andrea Baer, Undergraduate Education Librarian, Indiana University Libraries, Bloomington

Andrew Battista, Librarian for Geospatial Information Systems, New York University

Carrie Donovan, Head, Teaching & Learning, Indiana University Libraries, Bloomington

Dave Ellenwood, Social Sciences Librarian, University of Washington, Bothell

Lua Gregory, First Year Experience & Humanities Librarian, University of Redlands

Shana Higgins, Interdisciplinary & Area Studies Librarian/Instruction Coordinator, University of Redlands

Jeff Lilburn, Public Services Librarian, Mount Allison University

Maura Seale, Research & Instruction Librarian, Georgetown University

Maura Smale, Associate Professor & Coordinator of Information Literacy and Library Instruction, New York City College of Technology

Yasmin Sokkar Harker, Legal Reference Librarian/Associate Law Library Professor, City University of New York Law School 

Christopher Sweet, Information Literacy Librarian, Illinois Wesleyan University

Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh, Sociology, Gerontology, and Data Services Librarian, Georgia State University



*See Gregory, L., & Higgins, S. (Eds.). (2013). Information literacy and social justice: Radical professional praxis. Sacramento, California: Library Juice Press.; Drabinski, E., Kumbier, A., & Accardi, M. (Eds.). (2010) Critical library instruction: Theories and methods. Duluth, Minnesota: Library Juice Press.; Elmborg, J. (2006). Critical information literacy: Implications for instructional practice. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 32(2), 192-199.; Elmborg, J. (2012). Critical information literacy: Definitions and challenges. In C. W. Wilkinson & C. Bruch (Eds.), Transforming information literacy programs: Intersecting frontiers of self, library culture, and campus community (pp. 75-95). Chicago, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries.; Jacobs, H. L. M. (2008). Information literacy and reflective pedagogical praxis. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 34(3), 256-262.;  Jacobs, H. L. M., & Berg, S. (2011). Reconnecting information literacy policy with the core values of librarianship. Library Trends 60(2), 383-394.; Kapitzke, C. (2003). Information literacy: A review and poststructural critique. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 26(1), 53-66.;

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). (2011). IFLA media and information literacy recommendations. Retrieved from; Samek, T. (2007). Librarianship and human rights: A twenty-first century guide. Oxford, England: Chandos Publishing.; United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

& International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

(2005). Beacons of the information society: The Alexandria Proclamation for information

literacy and lifelong learning. Retrieved from


June 25, 2014 at 10:23 am Leave a comment

Public Library Engagement Typology

The Pew Research Center’s Internet Project has intensively studied the changing world of public libraries for the last three years. The first stage of our research explored the growing role of ebooks, including their impact on Americans’ reading habits and library habits. Our second stage examined the full universe of library services, as well as what library services Americans most value and what they might want from libraries in the future.

third and final stage of research—the fruits of a representative national survey of 6,224 Americans ages 16 and older. It explores public libraries’ roles in people’s lives and in broader American culture—how libraries are perceived, how they are valued, and how people rely on them. 

More here.

Public library engagement typology

June 12, 2014 at 12:45 am 1 comment

Family Literacy- ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair

ala diversity and outreach fair

2014 Diversity and Outreach Fair

Saturday, June 28, 2014 | 3:00-5:00pm | Las Vegas, Nevada

About the Fair

Each year, the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) invites library professionals from all kinds of institutions to submit proposals to participate in the ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair, which is held during ALA’s Annual Conferences.

Generously sponsored by DEMCO, the ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair is an opportunity for libraries and member groups to share their successful diversity and outreach initiatives with ALA Annual Conference attendees, celebrate diversity in America’s libraries and exhibit “diversity in action” ideas.

The Fair highlights library services to underserved or underrepresented communities, including people with disabilities; poor and homeless populations; people of color; English-language learners; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people; new Americans, new and non-readers; older adults; people living in rural areas; incarcerated people and ex-offenders; and mobile library services and bookmobiles.

Each year’s fair focuses on a special theme based on service to one of these communities. The theme of the 2014 Diversity and Outreach Fair is Family Literacy.

Selected presenters will develop and facilitate a poster session to be held during the ALA Annual Conference in the exhibits hall.  In addition, the participants are encouraged to submit, in digital format, information and resources from their program.

May 20, 2014 at 1:13 pm Leave a comment

Reducing Homelessness Through Library Engagement

Extending Our Reach: Reducing Homelessness Through Library Engagement


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May 20, 2014 at 12:54 pm Leave a comment

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