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Research and Analysis provides community information resources and conducts research studies to support local government development, community planning, local capacity building, and rural policy development.
Cooperative Extension's Workforce Development Services include online course on the topics of Entrepreneurship/Small Business, Management/Leadership and Workplace Readiness. Staff are also available to design and deliver training and professional development workshops onsite for a fee.
University of Alaska Center for Economic Development provides entrepreneurs with technical assistance, produces the Alaska Business Monthly magazine and provides training on economic development best practices.
Value of Your Library
Communicate and demonstrate your library's value to the community.
"Infopeople is part of the Califa Group (link is external), a nonprofit consortium of more than 230 libraries committed to unleashing the impact of libraries. Infopeople provides library staff quality continuing education opportunities that are tailored to library needs and developed by experienced library professionals. Training formats include 2-6 week asynchronous online courses, as well as free one-hour webinars."
LRS is part of the Colorado State Library, a unit of the Colorado Department of Education. The LRS webpage has links to a Library Return on Investment (ROI) calculator, a Valuing Library Services Calculator and a Cost Benefit and Return on Investment Calculator.
Alaska's public libraries file an annual report each year with the Alaska State Library in order to remain eligible for the annual public library assistance grant. Excel or CSV files of the annual statistics going back to 1987 are available online.
Project Outcome is a FREE online toolkit designed to help public libraries understand and share the impact of essential library programs and services by providing simple surveys and an easy-to-use process for measuring and analyzing outcomes.
"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."
A three part webinar series "bringing together research and practice from across library sectors, covering the ins and outs of creating and implementing assessments that provide insightful, actionable data."
"The Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries is a multi-stakeholder forum to explore and champion new thinking on U.S. public libraries, with the goal of fostering concrete actions to support and transform public libraries for a more diverse, mobile and connected society. "
"The Aspen Institute created the Action Guide for Re-Envisioning Your Public Library, version 2.0 a set of resources for convening a community dialogue and helping communities take action to re-envision their own public library. "
You will need to sign in to download the guide.
Written by practicing public librarians and an academic librarian with an interest in public libraries, the book focuses on how public libraries can become more community centered and, by doing so, how they can transform both themselves and their communities.
"But this is how we've always done it " Objections to taking a fresh tack are about as common as budget shortfalls, and the two are more closely related than you might think. At the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library in Arkansas, Bizzle and his colleagues defied common practices by using creative risk-taking in marketing and outreach to transform their library into a dynamic institution that continues to grow and thrive.
Successful Community Outreach by Barbara Radke Blake; Robert Sidney Martin; Yunfei Du
Publication Date: 2011-08-31
Libraries that thrive reach out to all parts of their communities.
Designing Adult Services by Ann Roberts
Publication Date: 2017-11-01
Focusing on adult patrons ages 19 through senior citizens and how libraries can best serve this portion of their community's population.