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Role of Libraries
ALA Policy B.8.11, The Role of Libraries in Providing E-Government and Emergency Services (Old Number 50.16), states:
The American Library Association urges governments at all levels to acknowledge and support the essential role local libraries play in providing e-government and emergency response/recovery services, and to include libraries in relevant legislative or other policy actions. The American Library Association also encourages continued research documenting library needs and capacity to provide effective e-government and emergency response/recovery services, and help libraries develop best practices and train staff to deliver these essential services.
At the 2013 ALA Annual Conference, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced a collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and WebJunction, a program of OCLC, to assure that librarians have the information and connections with local experts needed to connect their patrons to information about the Health Insurance Marketplace when open enrollment begins October 1, 2013.
Also at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference, the ALA Washington Office presented a panel presentation, “Libraries and Health Insurance: Preparing for Oct 1,” with representatives from IMLS, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, OCLC WebJunction, and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), to present plans for making resources broadly available. The session was recorded; information on availability will be announced through the Washington Office’s District Dispatch.
American Library Association (ALA) President Barbara Stripling issued a statement about libraries and the Affordable Care Act.
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A Vision for the Public Library of the Future-August 2013
By Susan Hildreth Director, IMLS
How is the traditional role of the public library changing in the digital age? How will the ever-present digital disruption impact the role of public libraries in their communities? What is the 21st century learning ecology and what role can libraries play? Public libraries have always been involved in civic ecology but what will that look like in the digital world? Many new service paradigms were posed— the challenge is to determine the responses! – See more at: http://blog.imls.gov/?p=4037#sthash.7Iu5hbi5.dpuf
The Pierce County Library System in Tacoma, Wash. focuses on the needs of its community. Through focus groups and opinion surveys, the library system implements programs that the community deems important. This is how the Pierce County Library System has become a leader in early childhood literacy. Because the first five years are the most important in childhood development, Executive Director Neel Parikh believes that the library has an opportunity to make a difference by helping parents and caregivers understand early literacy. – See more at: http://blog.imls.gov/?p=4083#sthash.wff2Hbid.dpuf
This list of over 700 librarians extends the discussion about libraries and community building initially developed in the book , A Place at the Table (ALA editions, 2000.)
Archives available to members go back to 2002: http://mailman.acomp.usf.edu/pipermail/a-librarian-at-every-table/
The debate about public input for the Central Library location illuminates the importance of community participation.
– a golden opportunity to hear from members of the public about what they want.
“The concept we presented was, you tell us what you want and we’ll do everything we can to make the dream come true,” Plyler said.