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This guide was developed to provide librarians with resources they may use to convey their library's effectiveness, vitality and influence in the community.
Last Updated: Aug 7, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts
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Workforce & Economic Needs

Discover the workforce and economic needs of your community. 

Online & Print Resources

Develop a relevant collection of online and print business resources for your community. 

  • Establishing a Business in Alaska
    14th edition
    This 183 page online guide, revised and updated in 2009 by the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, contains information on forming a corporation, licensing and regulation requirements, labor laws, taxes and more.
  • Financing Your Business
    This 16 page online guide created by the Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development covers the 5 C's of credit and a directory of lending resources.
  • Small Business Assistance Center
    The Small Business Assistance Center serves as the portal of Alaska small business resources.
  • Starting Your Small Business
    This 72 page online guide created by the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development has information on writing a business plan, testing your business concept prior to launching and business protection considerations.
  • State of Alaska Business Resources


Podcasts by experts in the field of information science discuss challenges and opportunities that exist for public libraries today.

Library Marketing

Online Self-Directed Learning

Connect your library users with online self-directed learning classes, workshops and tutorials.

  • Alaska Digital Pipeline
    The Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC) has dozens of eBooks and over 300 practice tests and courses.
  • Global Edge
    Global Edge serves as a portal connecting "international business professionals worldwide to a wealth of information, insights, and learning resources on global business activities."
  • Coursera
    "A social entrepreneurship company partnering with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free."
  • Udacity
    These freely available courses are highly interactive and led by industry experts. Complete the course at your own pace without worrying about deadlines
  • edX
    edX is a non-profit created by founding partners MIT and Harvard with the goal of bringing the best in higher education to the world.
    An online portal with workforce development tools, curriculum materials, train-the- trainer materials and interactive tutorials.
  • Alaska Training Clearinghouse
    Directory of training providers located in Alaska.

Community Based Agencies

Build relationships and partnerships with local non-profits and governmental agencies in your community. 

Value of Your Library

Communicate and demonstrate your library's value to the community. 

Community Analysis & Assessment

Prove your library's value through analysis and community assessment. 

CQ Researcher Reports


Library Hours and Contact Information

The library is open to the public Mondays through Wednesdays and Fridays, 10-4:30, and Thursdays 10-6. 

Contact us at or 907-465-2920 for assistance or for an appointment.



Cover Art
Measuring Your Library's Value: How to do a Cost-Benefit Analysis for Your Public Library - Donald S. Elliot
ISBN: 9780838909232
Measuring Your Library's Value is a "how-to manual for those wanting to prepare a statistical estimate of the benefit of their library's services to its customers."

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Crisis in Employment: A Librarian's Guide to Helping Job Seekers - Jane Jerrard
ISBN: 9780838910139
This ALA report provides "an overview on how to beef up your own reference materials for job seekers, including those considering starting their own business or making a career change."


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