The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), in partnership with the Information Institute at Florida State University, has developed a new tool for library advocates: the State Statistics Module.
This interactive website contains copious information about broadband connectivity in libraries and allows for the creation of customized reports, based upon 11 variables from the “2006 Public Libraries and the Internet Study.” Users have the opportunity to create tables and charts of data at the national and state levels and create comparisons of the data. Users also have the ability to write descriptions of the graphs and tables, as well as an introduction and conclusion to their report.
Ideally, this website will be used for the creation of reports to use as handouts to both federal, state and local policy makers, when advocating for libraries at national events such as National Library Legislative Day and Library Day on the Hill, and your state library legislative day.
Visit the State Statistics Module and prepare for talking to YOUR legislators!
Instructions for this powerful new resource can be found at the ALA Washington Office’s State Statistics webpage.