ALA E-Government Services Subcommittee Committee
Members of the Subcommittee on E-Government Services:
The minutes from our subcommittee meeting at the ALA Annual Conference are attached.
We also presented a half-day preconference, ‘E-Government Services” Ideas for Conquering an Unfunded Mandate,” before the Annual Conference began. We had about 45 attendees with five sessions featuring speakers from 3 different federal agencies and 3 different area public libraries.
At the Annual Conference, we discussed the mission and future of this ad hoc subcommittee.
As the Internet has become an integral part of our lives and our library work, the distinction between “Government” and “E-Government” has blurred. Since most patron interactions with government services now happen via the Internet, the distinction now seems archaic. Although our subcommittee’s conference programs and webinars have been valuable and well-received, all have been on topics that are already being covered by other parts of the library community, such as PLA, RUSA and IMLS. Our training sessions on existing government services have also been outside the mandate of the Committee on Legislation, which is charged with “directing the activities of all units of the association in matters relating to legislation.”
As a result the Committee on Legislation has agreed to “sunset” this subcommittee. Since there is no longer a meaningful distinction between “government information” and “e-government information,” relevant future issues can be handled by the Government Information Subcommittee, or at the full committee level. The subcommittee can be reconstituted in the future if legislative activity warrants.
We would very much like to thank each of you for your service on this subcommittee.
If you are interested in serving on one of the other existing subcommittees of the Committee on Legislation, such as Copyright, Government Information, or Grassroots Advocacy, please contact Chair Ann Ewbanks at Ann.Ewbank@Montana.edu.
Again, Thank You,
Pat Ball & Jennifer Manning
E-Government Services Subcommittee of Committee on Legislation
American Library Association Annual Conference 2016
Preconference: E-Government Services: Ideas for Conquering an Unfunded Mandate
Thursday June 23, 1-4 pm
Location: Orange County Convention Center—West Building, Level I (OCCC), room W103A
As more government services go online-only, how can you help your patrons? Need inspiration? Join us for a FREE preconference afternoon of sessions for librarians about citizenship and immigration, consumer finance and emergency management. Learn about innovative partnerships between libraries and federal agencies, and libraries and county agencies. Hear about how your library could earn revenue through passport acceptance! Bring your questions for government representatives!
Annual Conference registration is not required! To attend email Jennifer Manning, E-Government Services subcommittee, at firstname.lastname@example.org
1:15 Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: story of a library/federal agency collaboration
speakers: Carmen Cruz and Ken McDonnell, Financial Education Program Analysts, CFPB with Paolo Melillo, Branch Manager, Southeast, Orange County Library System
2:00 “Embedded at the Emergency Operations Center”
--Chris Jankow, Palm Beach County Library System’s Community Engagement Coordinator, will discuss the system’s partnership with PBC Emergency Management and how two librarians joined the front lines of disaster response efforts.
speakers: Chris Jankow, Palm Beach County Library System
2:30 State Department—Bureau of Consular Affairs—Passport Acceptance Program
Did you know your library could earn revenue by issuing passports?
speaker: Ryan Dooley, Director, Miami Passport Agency, U.S. Department of State
3:00 The Path to U.S. Citizenship can Start at Libraries
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will discuss the agency's partnership w/ public libraries and the resources available to help immigrant patrols
speaker: Kristina Carty-Pratt, Division Chief, Publications & Outreach, Office of Citizenship, USCIS
3:30 “Citizenship Inspired” (workshops to prepare patrons for the U.S. Naturalization Test & Interview)
speaker: Gregg Gronlund, Branch Manager, West Oaks Branch Library & Genealogy Center, Orange County Library System
Does your library serve military veterans? Looking for ideas on how to better serve military veterans?
Free webinar next Thursday! http://www.districtdispatch.org/2016/02/upcoming-free-webinar-on-serving...
Serving Veterans @ your Library: Learning about California’s Veteran Resource Centers and How to Develop your Community Based Service Model for Veterans
Thursday, February 25, 2016
2:00-3:00 PM EST (11:00- 12:00 PM PST)
The needs of veterans are often in the news and libraries are well positioned to provide services to veterans. Are you looking for ideas for serving military veterans in your community?
California public libraries have a model for you!
This webinar will introduce you to the network of Veteran Resource Centers in California public libraries,http://calibrariesforveterans.org/
E-Government Services: Veterans Connect @ Your Library
Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Come learn about an exciting new program; Veterans Resource Centers in California Libraries, an LSTA project funded through the California State Library that is working to connect veterans and their families to benefits and services for which they may be eligible.
24 “Veterans Resource Center” sites in public libraries around the state are expected to be open by summer 2015.
Karen Bosch Cobb, Library Consultant, Infopeople, Co-manager of Veterans Connect @ the Library program in California,
Kevin Graves, Bay Area and North Coast Local Interagency Network Coordinator for CalVet, California Department of Veterans Affairs,
Christy Aguirre, Branch Supervisor Sacramento Public Library Southgate Branch,
Susan Hildreth, Executive Director, Peninsula Library System, Pacific Library Partnership, and Califa, and Immediate Past Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Brought to you by the E-Government Services Subcommittee of the Committee on Legislation and the Federal and Armed Forces Libraries Round Table.
Check out our press release!!:
We've got 3 different webinars coming up--all expanding on last year's annual conference presentations. Use the links below to sign up or go to http://lib2gov.org/
March 4: The Library Partnership
Title: A Library Partnership = Neighborhood Resource Center
Date: March 4, 2015
Time: 3:00PM-4:00PM EST
Registation URL: http://ter.ps/LibPartner
Description: This Webinar highlights the Library Partnership of the Alachua County Library District, which is a collaboration with the Partnership for Strong Families and over 30 other service providers expanding the traditional library role in its community. By sharing space, library staff and social service partners provide coordinated and complementary services to meet a client’s full needs. ACLD has now modeled a second branch, Cone Park, to offer similar services. Both of these branches are in at-risk, low-income areas of the City of Gainesville. Alachua County Library District (ACLD) originally became involved with eGovernment through a collaboration with NEFLIN (Northeast Florida Library Information Network) to administer a two-year LSTA grant. The grant goals were to research, develop and provide eGovernment service at libraries throughout the north-central Florida region. As networking for this project expanded, the concept of a neighborhood resource center combining a library and all its resources with community service providers, both governmental and non-profit, became a reality.
Speaker: Chris Culp is Public Services Division Director in the Alachua County Library District. Chris has a background in academic and school libraries, as well as non-profit organizations.
March 11: We Belong Here: Expanding Immigrant Access to Government and Community
Title: We Belong Here: Expanding Immigrant Access to Government and Community
Date: March 11, 2015
Time: 2:00PM-3:00PM EST
Registration URL: http://ter.ps/AmPlace
Description: Library services to immigrants are extensive and include world language collections, multicultural programming, ESL, citizenship, computer classes, and information brokering. This Webinar focuses e-government services that open access for immigrants, using the Hartford Public Library's American Place initiative (http://www.hplct.org/library-services/immigration-citizenship) as a national model for immigrant services, resources, and engagement through public libraries.
Speaker: Homa Naficy is Chief Adult Learning Officer in the Hartford Public Library. Homa Naficy joined Hartford Public Library 2000 to design and direct The American Place, program for Hartford’s immigrants and refugees. Born in Paris, a native of Iran and now an American citizen, Multicultural Services Director Homa Naficy began her library career as a reference librarian at Newark Public Library. Before joining the staff of Hartford Public Library, she served as a reference librarian at Yonkers Public Library and later as librarian for Adult Services and Outreach for the Westchester Library System. The American Place has become a magnet for new arrivals seeking immigration information, resources for learning English and preparing for United States citizenship. In 2010, the program was awarded two major grants, a citizenship education grant from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (the only library in the nation to receive such funding), and a National Leadership grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services designed to promote immigrant civic engagement. On completion, this project will serve as a model for other libraries nationally. The American Place program is also the only library in the state to receive funding for adult basic education from the Connecticut Department of Education. In 2001, Ms. Naficy received the Connecticut Immigrant of the Year Award, and in 2013 she was chosen a “Champion of Change” by The White House.
March 25: Baltimore’s Virtual Supermarket: Grocery Delivery to Your Library or Community Site
Title: Baltimore’s Virtual Supermarket: Grocery Delivery to Your Library or Community Site
Date: March 25, 2015
Time: 2:00PM-3:00PM EST
Registration URL: http://ter.ps/Baltimarket
Description: Baltimore’s Virtual Supermarket Program is an innovative partnership between the Enoch Pratt Free Library, the Baltimore City Health Department and ShopRite. Through the Virtual Supermarket Program, customers can place grocery online orders at select libraries, senior apartment buildings, or public housing communities and have them delivered to that site at no added cost. In this webinar, you will learn about the past, present, and future of the Virtual Supermarket Program. You will also learn about the necessary elements to replicate the program in your own community.
Laura Flamm is the Baltimarket and Food Access Coordinator at the Baltimore City Health Department. In this role, Laura coordinates a suite of community-based food access programs that include the Virtual Supermarket Program, the Neighborhood Food Advocates Initiative, and the Healthy Stores Program. Laura holds a Masters of Science in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Health, Behavior, and Society and a certificate in Community-Based Public Health. She believes that eating healthy should not be a mystery or a privilege.
Eunice Anderson is Chief of Neighborhood Library Services for the Enoch Pratt Free Library. A Baltimore native, I’ve worked 36 years at Pratt Library coming up through the ranks from support staff to library professional. In the various positions I’ve held, providing quality and enriching library services by assisting customers, supporting and leading staff, and community outreach, has kept my battery charged.
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