Data in Action!

February 27, 2012 at 4:02 pm Leave a comment

(Georgia Public Library Service is an example).

Across the country, state legislative sessions are in full swing, and library advocates are hard at working reaching out to their legislators
face-to-face and remotely. New data from the American Library Association’s Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study
(http://www.ala.org/plinternetfunding)  serves as the core of a new advocacy package that will help libraries expand and strengthen their
advocacy efforts during this most critical time.

The new advocacy tools include:
*       Press Release  and Op-ed templates (local and state level):
http://www.ala.org/research/initiatives/plftas/data_in_action

*         Topic Handouts (click on your state, “State Briefs” on top
right):
http://www.ala.org/research/initiatives/plftas/2010_2011/statemaplinks

Color graphics comparing your state vs. national, using preliminary
2011-2012 study data)

*       Public Libraries & Employment
*       Public Libraries & E-Government

*       State Profiles:
http://www.ala.org/research/initiatives/plftas/2010_2011/statemaplinks

Current study data comparing national and state levels (e.g., Internet connectivity speed, average # of public workstations) and other
state-level resources.

The new press release and op-ed templates have been crafted with the focus on the crucial role public libraries play as strategic technology
partners for digital literacy and local economic development. The templates can easily be customized for media targets at the state,
regional, and local levels.

Download and print the color topic handouts (PDF) for visits with state legislators, as well as local officials. These handouts, along with data
on the State profiles (PDF), will also be useful in your communications with your representatives in Congress.

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Entry filed under: Advocacy, American Library Association, Georgia Public Library Service, technology access.

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