Libraries Help Patrons Become Financially Empowered Consumers
In this webinar, learn about the financial education resources you can use with your patrons, made available by the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau.
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The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) exists not only to protect consumers but to empower all of us to take more control over our economic lives. The CFPB recognizes the important role that libraries can play as the go-to source for unbiased financial education resources in every community. The CFPB plans to build a community financial education infrastructure with libraries and national partners to reach consumers in their neighborhoods, expanding on programs and resources that are already working in libraries. With this infrastructure in place, public libraries can help fill consumers’ critical financial knowledge gaps by providing and distributing easy-to-understand, behaviorally informed financial education content. Learn how two libraries have implemented financial literacy program ideas, resources and tools, and connected with local partners, and hear how you can take your library and your community to the next level with patrons empowered to be informed consumers.
- Ken McDonnell, Financial Education Program Analyst, Office of Financial Education, Division of Consumer Education and Engagement, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
- Meg Spencer, Director, Siuslaw Public Library District (OR)
- Thea Hart, Adult Services Librarian, Springfield Public Library (OR)
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- View chat (xls)
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- Learner Guide (doc) Use alone or with others to extend your learning.
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Resources for Libraries
- Read article by Ken McDonnell, Money on Our Minds: How to Help Patrons Make Financial Choices
- 2015 National Financial Capability Study http://www.usfinancialcapability.org/, and At a Glance
- Money Matters, a series of workshops and e-learning modules created by the New York Public Library.
- Pathway to Personal Financial Skills, a resource created by WebJunction to help libraries understand the impact of the economic downturn on personal financial stability, and how they might provide resources, training and programs to help patrons get better control of their personal finances.
- A number of Financial Literacy resources collected by PLA, for libraries and their users.
- Including Money Smart Week @ your library, a national initiative between the ALA and the Federal Reserve Bank (Chicago) to provide financial literacy programming for libraries to help members of their communities better manage their personal finances.
- Siuslaw Vision 2025 and on Facebook
- Florence, Oregon: Economic Development
- ALA's Smart Investing @ your Library, including program ideas and model programs.
- The FINRA Investor Education Foundation provides underserved Americans with the knowledge, skills and tools necessary for financial success throughout life.
- Wi$eUp is a financial education program for Generation X & Y women. It promotes financial security through online education, from Women's Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor
- Shared in Chat
- Best Practices of Adult Financial Literacy in a Large Public Library System, by Melissa Jeter
- The Library's Role in Supporting Financial Literacy for Patrons
- Toledo Lucas County Public Library, Living Better Spending Smarter
- RUSA's upcoming Financial Literacy Interest Group Virtual Discussion Forum on February 27
- The Oregon State Library put together a guide to help local libraries find partners and programming resources: http://libguides.osl.state.or.us/financial_literacy
14 February 2017
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Eastern Standard Time, North America [UTC -5]
Webinar presenter Ken McDonnell
Webinar presenter Meg Spencer
Webinar presenter Thea Hart
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