Public Libraries

Midwinter field trip to Cobb County libraries

% ALA Staff and Pat Ball standing outside Stratton Library

After four days of productive committee meetings and sessions at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, the opportunity to see real libraries in action was a welcome change of scenery. Monday afternoon Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) staff (plus me) were given a tour of several libraries in the Cobb County Public Library System (CCPLS) hosted by a CCPLS branch ... Read More »

Equipping librarians to code: part 2

library professionals demonstrating coding in a public library computer lab

I know, I know, you just put down Increasing CS Opportunities for Young People, the Libraries Ready to Code final report, and are already saying to yourself, “What’s next?” and “How can I get involved?” Here’s the answer: Today we officially launched Ready to Code 2 (RtC2), Embedding RtC Concepts in LIS Curricula. Building on findings from last year’s work, RtC2 focuses ... Read More »

Financial education resources for library staff

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau logo

In order to better reach consumers and aid them in making financial decisions, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) works to identify resources and community partnerships that can help libraries offer financial education programming. Their hope is that public libraries will become a resource for consumers looking for information surrounding their financial decisions. To that end, the CFPB provides libraries ... Read More »

ConnectED Library Card Challenge seeks new recruits

IMLS logo

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) are seeking 60 new communities to participate in the second round of the ConnectED Library Card Challenge. The program will expand on the successes from the first round of the program by “documenting successful partnership models and practices, continuing to provide a space for participating communities to ... Read More »

Tax Forms Outlet Program deadline approaches

Close up image of a US tax form

Libraries participating in the Tax Forms Outlet Program (TFOP) for filing season 2017 should be aware that orders for 2016 tax forms can now be placed. The deadline to submit orders is November 28, 2016. TFOP participants can submit orders via email to pdf.orders@eforms.enterprise.irs.gov using the Form 8635, Order for Tax Forms Outlet Program (TFOP). To ensure that you receive the products once they have ... Read More »