Local Governments use Libraries to Provide Services

Recently, there have been a number of studies, grants and articles about how governments are utilizing their public libraries to address local needs and to provide new services to the communities.  Many of these are related to job hunting or gaining access to e-government services.  Check out the following links to learn more:
Advancing Leadership and Innovation in Public Libraries

International City and County Management Association Newsletter

Governance Magazine. “Online at the Library” Ellen Perlman Oct 20, 2009

Libraries Connect Communities: Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study 2008–2009  Report – Sept 25, 2009

Please use the comment section if you have other example.  Valerie Horton


4 responses to “Local Governments use Libraries to Provide Services

  1. Here’s another source:

    Webinar: Best Practices in Helping Job Seekers in the Library
    Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2009
    Time: 12pm – 1:00 pm PST
    Speakers: Bernice Kao, Raye Oldham, Megan Pittsley
    Note: InfoPeople encourages non-California residents to watch their webinars from their archive version.

  2. More information on libraries keeping communities connected

    “Libraries are serving as crucial technology hubs for people in need of free Web access, computer training, and assistance finding and using E-Government and job resources” according to the report recently released by the American Library Association (ALA), Libraries Connect Communities 3: Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study 2008-2009

    Highlights from the study include:
    * More than 71 percent of all libraries (and 79 percent of rural libraries) report they are the only source of free access to computers and the Internet in their communities.
    66 percent of public libraries rank job-seeking services, including resume writing and Internet job searches, among the most crucial online services they offer – up from 44 percent two years ago.
    * More than 90 percent of public libraries provide technology training such as online job-seeking and career-related classes.”

    Report: http://www.ala.org/ala/research/initiatives/plftas/2008_2009/index.cfm About the study: http://www.ala.org/ala/research/initiatives/plftas/index.cfm

    ***Participate in this year’s study at: http://survey.pnmi.com/ ***


  3. Megan Pittsley

    Thanks Valerie! Our webinar is archived, so if anyone missed it you can still check it out. I’m also more than happy to answer anyone’s questions. We have a very successful program here at Livermore Public Library, and we’ve presented on how to create a library based job center at both ALA and CLA!

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