Being able to demonstrate the impact your library is having on the community can convince decision makers, funders and voters to support your library. Find resources to help gather evidence, use data, and tell the stories that demonstrate the value of the library and show the return on investment it brings to the community. Learn how to amplify your library’s value so that you may continue to make a difference in people’s lives.
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Webinar / Last Modified: 10 May 2013
Archive and related resources for a webinar presented on December 20, 2011 by John Emerson on using data visualization for advocacy.
Document / Last Modified: 30 April 2013
Try this exercise to sharpen your recognition of effective data visualization.
News / Last Modified: 25 April 2013
Geek the Library wants to help U.S. public libraries start local conversations. Libraries in 41 states are using the campaign as a springboard to raise community awareness about the value of the library and the critical funding issues many libraries face. The campaign has been widely available since 2010, but the concept is still viable and continues to garner attention.
Did you know the program is free and participants receive printed materials such as stickers and bookmarks? Participants also get access to online tools and templates that provide guidance for local implementations. Libraries of all sizes and staff capacities—with or without a budget—have reported successful campaigns with notable shifts in local perceptions about the library.
With an additional grant supplement last fall from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to extend availability and reach, the Geek the Library team has enhanced the program’s support structure to fully engage participants (especially library staff) to help improve local impact. The program will keep enrollment open until June 2014, with full support maintained through June 2015.
News / Last Modified: 27 March 2013
“No matter how good your data are, you still need stories.” (PEW director Lee Rainie)
When the PEW Research Center issued a January report on Library Services in the Digital Age, the library field found affirmation and encouragement in the key findings from this neutral statistical reporting agent. The real challenge is to use the data effectively to communicate far beyond the library world and demonstrate the profound impact of libraries in our society. In spite of the happy statistical news, too many people still hold stereotypes of libraries.
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Document / Last Modified: 26 March 2013
Infographics created by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that help to tell the story of how libraries support community internet access.