Posts filed under ‘community information’

Community Archives-Sustainability & Safety

(from twitter feed of Tessa Wracked)

Quick PSA: a lot of ppl came to us in the past few years excited by what they saw as the success behind A People’s Archive of Police Violence in Cleveland. * Ppl wanted to use as a model or case study & seem to think that the easiest part was recording folx & putting it on the web…..

They miss that the reason the project came together as well as it did was because the activists and organizers were front and center. We offered suggestions on best practices but the site was designed with the organizers’ needs in mind….

So pls, if you’re pulling together a project that you claim is like APAPVC and the organizers’ needs aren’t front and center AND you don’t have a plan for sustainability of the project (or haven’t discussed that plan w/community members), please… keep it. Seriously.

For complete thread see twitter feed of Tessa Wracked.  , Stacie Marie Williams,a writer whose work appears  has appeared in Gordon Square Review, Racked, New YorkCatapultThe Nation, LitHub, and The Rumpus. Her latest book is Bizarro Worlds, about gentrification and race (Fiction Advocate).

She is director of the Center for Digital Scholarship at the University of Chicago and an advisory archivist for A People’s Archive of Police Violence in Cleveland.


*A People’s Archive of Police Violence in Cleveland collects, preserves, and shares the stories, memories, and accounts of police violence as experienced or observed by Cleveland citizens. Organized in Summer 2015 by Cleveland residents and professional archivists from across the U.S., the archive hopes to provide the Cleveland community–especially survivors of police violence and the families of victims– a safe and secure space to share any testimony, documents, or accounts that narrate or reflect on encounters or effects of police violence in their lives and communities.

April 20, 2019 at 12:04 pm Leave a comment

The Public Library’s Part in Community Information Provision

Tim Gorichanaz and Deborah Turner.
Community information is indispensable for modern life, but access to it remains challenging for many people. Historically, public libraries have been central in providing formal community information, but today such information provision is accomplished largely by informal networks of community service agencies. Thus, the role and the value of the public library in community information provision seem unclear. We find an analogy to this situation in design theorist Christopher Alexander’s conceptualization of planned versus natural cities, and we bring this to bear on an ongoing study of public library service provision to the urban poor. This work reveals implications and recommendations for the public library’s unfolding role in community information provision: public libraries may no longer be needed to provide formal community information, but they can engage as information shepherds with local community service agencies in informal community information provision.

The Library Quarterly 2017 87:2, 99-116

April 22, 2017 at 11:18 pm Leave a comment


blog post by John Pateman CEO / Chief Librarian of the Thunder Bay Public Library.

The simple answer to this very Big Question is ‘because they are Library Workers’. In other words, they are trained in all of the aspects of providing library services, but they do not have the key skills that are required to identify, prioritize and meet community needs. We need a different kind of Library Worker who has a skill set which combines traditional library skills with the ability to build sustained relationships with the community. I call this new hybrid model the Community Development Worker. In this position description there would be a 20% focus on library skills and an 80% focus on community development.

Read more at OPEN SHELF.

October 17, 2016 at 12:13 pm Leave a comment

Public Libraries-Innovation and Opportunity in WIOA: A Playbook for Effective State Plans

Libraries and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Our agencies have long recognized the role of libraries to help meet the workforce training and job search needs of the American public.  At the height of the recession, more than 30 million people reported using library computers for workforce related needs and 3.7 million of them reported finding work.  Today, 96 percent of librariessurveyed offer online job and employment resources and 78 percent offer programs to help people apply for jobs.

In July, the President signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA)which strengthens and aligns Federal employment, education, and training servicesOverwhelmingly approved by both the House and the Senate, the legislation is the result of a bipartisan agreement that recognizes the vital role the workforce system plays in providing the services and resources job seekers need to access the kinds of skills training, career information, and education that are required for today’s job market. The Act aligns with and complements the President’s Vision for Job-Driven Workforce Development, as it prepares workers for 21st century jobs and ensures American businesses have skilled workers to be competitive in global economy.


Webinar Q&A Session for Realizing Innovation and Opportunity in WIOA: A Playbook for Effective State Plans

Q6. What role if any have you seen or can you suggest for public libraries in the state plan and WIOA implementation generally?

The main roles that public libraries have played as part of the workforce development system are as a provider of adult education and as points of access to the one-stop career center system through publically available computers.

Recommendations on how state plans can advance strategies for sector partnerships, career pathways, cross-agency data and measurement, and job-driven investments.

December 7, 2014 at 1:45 pm Leave a comment

Center for Community Progress

Community Progress exists to help meet the growing need in America’s cities and towns for effective, sustainable solutions to turn vacant, abandoned and problem properties into vibrant places.

October 8, 2014 at 12:12 pm Leave a comment

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

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