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For the many Indiana residents who lack broadband access at home, schools and public libraries are an essential lifeline to internet connectivity. When the Indiana Senate approved a version of the state budget without allocating much-needed additional funds for internet connectivity, the Indiana Library Federation (ILF) doubled down with ALA’s Libraries Transform campaign as part of their efforts to build legislative support. ILF, which represents nearly 2,000 libraries and library professionals in Indiana, took the popular Libraries Transform statement “Because more than a quarter of U.S. households don’t have a computer with an internet connection” and customized it to fit local data: “Because 1 in 6 Hoosiers lives in an area without access to broadband.” The ILF team shared the statement widely, including in newsletters, social media and their 2017 Policy Priority Agenda (PDF). READ MORE
This webinar, moderated by American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President Steven Yates, takes a look at eBooks Minnesota, which has found a niche serving classrooms throughout the state with DRM-free eBooks from top K-12 publishers. The webinar showcases usage data,  trends, and stories about how the project is re-envisioning how simple public and school library collaboration can be in a model that works for everyone, including publishers.This archived webinar was recorded Wednesday, August 2, 2017, and sponsored by Biblioboard. READ MORE
As the 2017-2018 American Library Association president, Jim Neal is bringing a new focus to the Libraries Transform campaign: the important role libraries and library workers play as leaders in their communities. In the Q&A below, Neal discusses how his “Libraries Lead” presidential initiative will contribute to the vital work of Libraries Transform in the coming year.Q: Why do you think the Libraries Transform campaign resonates with people? READ MORE
Like most nonprofit organizations, the Catholic Library Association (CLA) has a unique set of concerns when it comes to marketing. How do you best promote what you do? How do you reach audiences, especially new ones?Sigrid Kelsey, who advises the association on its marketing efforts and is the general editor of “Catholic Library World,” said she had been thinking about these very questions when the former president of the CLA forwarded her information on the ALA’s Libraries Transform campaign. READ MORE
DePaul University (Chicago) Librarian Scott Walter remembers what he was thinking when he heard ALA President Julie Todaro announce her “expert in the library” focus for the Libraries Transform campaign, “It struck me as a perfect platform for deepening academic library engagement.” Around the same time, Walter’s colleague, Ashley McMullin, assessment and marketing librarian at DePaul, and her team were working on a plan to share more information about librarians with the campus through a new initiative called “library spotlights,” which shows how individual librarians are transforming the university. After learning about the Libraries Transform’s “expert in the library” theme, Walter asked McMullin to combine these ideas together in a campaign to highlight the expertise of academic librarians and all they bring to the DePaul community. READ MORE
That’s what staff from the Huntley Area Public Library in Illinois discovered. As they were enjoying their midday meal, they began talking about the potential of using the Libraries Transform campaign.“At that point, we were not using the Libraries Transform campaign,” said Doug Cataldo, marketing and media developer, Huntley Area Public Library. Cataldo continued, “But during lunch we brought up the possibility of incorporating the Libraries Transform theme for National Library Week and tossed around ideas that could show not only how libraries transform people but also how people transform libraries.” READ MORE
Touger Vang had no previous experience with libraries before coming to the United States as a refugee from Laos in 1982 at the age of 10. Today he is a public services coordinator for the Yolo County Library in West Sacramento, California, where he manages early literacy programs and adult services program and outreach activities. In his role, he also looks for opportunities to collaborate with local schools and nonprofit organizations on partnership activities. He credits his high school librarian, Eileen L. Brewer, for being a role model. He says, “Ms. Brewer’s influence during my early years inspired and instilled in me what a librarian should be. She showed me that a librarian is someone who is kind, humble and puts the mission of helping others at the forefront. We still keep in touch.” READ MORE
It is no coincidence that the Missoula Public Library recently received overwhelming voter approval for a $30 million referendum for a new library; library patrons are well acquainted with the many ways the library reaches out to the community. The new library will triple its circulation from 200,000 items to around 600,000. Given its transformative nature, the library has adopted the Libraries Transform campaign. Library Director Honore Bray said the Libraries Transform campaign is a perfect fit for her library. The Libraries Transform Because statements played a part in the library’s push for a new building – one Because statement informed the public “Because 1 in 4 Missoulans doesn't have access to a utility called the Internet.” The new library will triple its capacity for Internet connectivity and computer use. READ MORE
Earlier this year, the MidPointe Library System in Middletown, Ohio, was in the process of completing two major building projects: the first new branch in more than 40 years and an expanded and updated library. That’s when library director Travis Bautz realized the American Library Association’s Libraries Transform campaign could be a helpful marketing tool in opening the new spaces to the public. READ MORE
The Spokane County (Wash.) Library District is known for its customer service, material lending and management of public dollars. So when a new library director suggested a community-oriented initiative to staff members in 2012, some rolled their eyes. But after some initial skepticism, the changes have been overwhelmingly positive: Librarians see community engagement work as part of their fundamental responsibilities, and the library has been invited to participate in the community in new and exciting ways. READ MORE

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