Going Beyond "Learn to Code" in the Library: Partnerships and Resources for Delivering Successful Advanced Technical Training

Abstract: As more libraries offer "learn to code" and digital skills training programs to patrons of all ages, there is a significant opportunity to offer more sophisticated services for advanced learners, even up to the level of professional workforce development. By partnering with local institutions or online programs, libraries can potentially offer in-house training to their community members who might not be otherwise well-suited for traditional in-person or online training programs.

"Libraries Count!" - Why the 2020 Census Matters to Public Libraries

Something big is coming in 2020 - and we're not talking about the presidential election or the Olympics... it's the decennial US census!  And libraries have a critical role to play to ensure that their communities are represented in the census data, and the resulting program dollars that will flow.  Thankfully, the US Census Bureau and other organizations are working together to help everyone be counted fairly.

Civic Tech Project Ideas

Libraries of all sizes can participate in their local civic tech movement - here are some ideas to get you started!

Project: Learn About Open Data

Data is the foundation for any civic tech application -- and there is more available every day for people working on civic tech projects!  “Open data” refers to data released to the public by government agencies.  (Yes, this means that your library can even release its own open data sets about circulation, program attendance, most-read books, etc.!)  

Building a Civic Tech Presence at Your Library

This document outlines a sequential series of projects that a public library can complete to develop a civic technology presence in their local or regional community.  From educating patrons to working with government organizations, libraries can serve as anchors of local civic technology networks, providing a physical space, valuable resources, and the ability to bring community members together.

Facilitated Hackathon: Community Resource Map

Maps are an excellent way for people to visualize their local community and the resources within.  This hackathon has a focus on serving non-technical attendees.  In the morning, attendees will learn about collecting data -- online in the library and on a field trip in the local neighborhood.   The focus in the afternoon sessions is placing that data on an interactive map and using other digital tools to visualize it. 

The Galecia Group can:

Facilitated Hackathon: "Civic Tech"

Civic technology is tech -- websites, mobile apps, remote sensors, text message notification services, etc. -- that helps people interact with their government.  As accessible, well-respected, community-facing government institutions, public libraries are uniquely positioned to promote civic technology in their communities.  The Galecia Group can help your library plan and facilitate a successful “civic tech” hackathon for your community.

Collaborating With Local Government Partners to Implement a Regional Open Data Portal

Interested in building an open data portal for your local community or region? Working with other government agnecies from the start is the best way to ensure success!

Get Buy-In From Leadership

Like any project, building an open data portal requires a champion or some other sort of buy-in from the leadership of all involved entities.  Of course, this can be very complicated in a collaborative project where responsibilities cross organizational boundaries.  Clear roles and processes should be established for the planning and build-out process.