This guide was developed to provide librarians with resources they may use to convey their library's effectiveness, vitality and influence in the community.
Discover the workforce and economic needs of your community.
- Alaska Business Monthly
A monthly publication providing a " thorough and objective analysis of issues and trends of interest to the Alaska business community."
- Alaska Economic Trends
"Alaska Economic Trends is a monthly publication dealing with a wide variety of economic issues in the state."
- Community Database Online
Community profile information includes: community location, population, taxes, climate, history, culture, demographics, utilities, schools, health care, economy, transportation, and major contacts for our communities.
- How Public Libraries Are a Boon to Small Business
In this July/August 2012 article, author Bradley Collins lists tips libraries can take to enhance business services in their community.
- State of Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development: Research and Analysis
- UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research
"ISER studies all aspects of the Alaska economy and at times economies of similar regions. It also creates and maintains extensive economic databases."
Develop a relevant collection of online and print business resources for your community.
- Establishing a Business in Alaska
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.
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."
"A social entrepreneurship company partnering with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free."
These freely available courses are highly interactive and led by industry experts. Complete the course at your own pace without worrying about deadlines
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.
Build relationships and partnerships with local non-profits and governmental agencies in your community.
Communicate and demonstrate your library's value to the community.
Prove your library's value through analysis and community assessment.
- Alaska Labor Market Information
Visit the Alaska Labor Market Information webpage for information on Alaska's occupational forecast, workforce statistics or wage information.
- Alaska Quick Facts
Summary profiles showing frequently requested data from the U.S. Census.
- Community Led Libraries Toolkit: starting us down the path toward developing inclusive public libraries
- Compare Public Libraries Tool
"The data are collected from approximately 9,000 public libraries with approximately 17,000 individual public library outlets in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and outlying territories. Data includes information about library visits, circulation, size of collections, public service hours, staffing, electronic resources, operating revenues and expenditures and number of service outlets."
- Impact Survey-advancing libraries through community insight
- It Takes a Community to Build a Library
Public Libraries Online magazine feature article by Kenneth Williment, April 26, 2013
- Public Library Association (PLA) Marketing On-Demand webinars
View archived webinars covering a variety of topics.
- WebJunction's Library Surveys for Success
Everything you have ever wanted to know about developing, writing and conducting a library survey.
- Webjunction-Needs Assessment
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