Demonstrating Impact

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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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Vote for Our ALA Ignite Session

 News / Last Modified: 07 April 2015

Going to ALA this summer? Pick your favorite ignite session proposals by March 31 to boost their chance of being selected. Decisions are based in part (30%) on votes from ALA members.

If you want to get inspired by an ignite session about key ...

Great Ideas for Innovative Community Engagement

 News / Last Modified: 04 March 2015

A recent Huffington Post article tells of a Facebook experiment that spawned over 150 community-generated ideas on the future of Miami's libraries. Rebecca Fishman Lipsey and Francine Madera, in 100 Great Ideas for the Future of Libraries -- A Ne...

IMLS Survey Report: Public Libraries in FY2012

 News / Last Modified: 17 February 2015

This week, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) released the report for the Public Libraries in the United States Survey: Fiscal Year 2012, an analysis of the most comprehensive annual data collection of U.S. public library statistics....

The Engaged and Embedded Library

 News / Last Modified: 09 February 2015

Civic engagement is not a new concept for libraries, which have long been active community hubs. However, in this age of library transformation, it is time to escalate the scale of community engagement. On one level, it is survival; it is also the na...