Archive for September, 2012

Role of Libraries and Workforce Development

Want to know how to make a public library workforce development partnership successful ? read more here at the IMLS blog:

Libraries and the Workforce System are working together to deliver services more effectively.

September 21, 2012 at 1:42 pm Leave a comment

Billings Library Vision Focuses on Community

New Library Construction and Webcam



Last week while construction crews set concrete footings studded with re-bar outside, the Library Board met inside the old building and kicked off a project intended to shape and share the vision for the new library.

  • Experience the library as a focus of community life for people to gather and connect with each other to build a strong, sustainable and livable community.
  • Acquire the skills and information they need to succeed at school, at work and in their personal lives.
  • Discover responsive, dynamic and high-quality services and programs that enlighten, inspire and entertain.
  • Benefit from reading, viewing and listening materials and programs that stimulate their thinking, enhance knowledge of the world, and enrich their leisure time.
  • Enjoy a high level of access to electronic information resources.
  • Develop the technological, information seeking and information evaluation skills needed in an increasingly complex world.
  • Utilize fully the library’s resources and services and encourage others to do so as well.
  • Enjoy relaxing and welcoming spaces that are a source of local pride and an essential public resource.
  • Discover a catalyst for lifelong habits of learning, self-improvement and self-expression.
  • Find a bridge over the digital divide for those lacking access to technology.
  • Find a partner in building the community’s future.
  • Develop the love and habit of reading in children from the earliest possible moment.
  • Interact with the library, the community and the world through the use of digital communications and dynamic social media.

September 17, 2012 at 2:59 pm Leave a comment

Give Us a Dollar and We’ll Give You Back Four (2012-13)

Your public library is in competition with a lot of other agencies–city, county, district, even state–for money. You want your library to sustain its current services and expand them in the future. You know you get a lot of bang for your buck, but how do you show that to the people who hold the purse strings? One way is to use the data in Give Us a Dollar and We’ll Give You Back Four. Walt Crawford has compiled, analyzed, and organized library funding and service data from all around the United States. Give Us a Dollar will let you compare your services to those of other similar libraries at a glance and will help give you the data you need to show your funders how much you already stretch their dollars–and how much more you could provide with even a few dollars more.

September 7, 2012 at 11:12 pm Leave a comment

Literacy Programming in Public Libraries online

The January/February 2013 issue of Public Libraries will focus on Literacy Programming at the Public Library. We’re looking for feature articles and shorter opinion pieces on that subject. Take advantage of this opportunity to share your library’s literacy programming efforts with colleagues across the country.



September 1, 2012 at 2:26 pm Leave a comment



September 2012

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