Dear ARSL members,
E-government has been a big topic of conversation this year as WebJunction has worked with state libraries to share programs and concerns around library services to the unemployed (via Project Compass). One of our Advisory Committee members, Danny Hales from Suwannee River Regional Library, introduced us to the e-government work that Florida library staff were doing – we gave them a call, and now they’re working with us to share their work more broadly with libraries around the country! I had the opportunity to meet some of these folks in person at a recent WJ event – amazing passion and commitment to assisting library patrons with better access to gov resources. An inspiration! I hope you can join us next Wednesday 6/3 for a free online webinar where they’ll share their work in more detail – full description copied below.
Knowing how to find and use E-government resources is critical for patrons who need access to information related to unemployment, food stamps, Medicaid, tax forms, health and housing; and many people are asking their public library to help them navigate this information. To meet these new and increased demands on frontline staff, libraries in Florida are collaborating with government agencies and social service organizations to provide the best service possible to patrons in their state. Join us for this webinar with representatives of Florida libraries, who will share their strategies used to educate both the public and frontline staff on how to access this information and their experiences building partnerships with other agencies in their communities to respond to workforce development needs. Presenters include Nancy Fredericks, E-Government Librarian, Pasco County Public Library Cooperative; Karen Clinton Brown, Library Program Specialist, State Library and Archives of Florida; Sol M. Hirsch, Library Director and Otto C. Pleil, Reference Librarian from the Alachua County Library District.”
Hope to see some of you there next Thursday/