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  • 1. COUNTERPOINT PRESENTATION PUBLIC LIBRARY - GROUP A Sally Conkright Cate Loveday Kim Nevins Alexander Smith
  • 2. EVENTS  In a weekly staf f message on March 15, 2013 the Point Blank Public Library communicated intention to “dedicate library space and materials, and train library staf f, to support the citizens and business leaders of Point Blank in their transition to and implementation of the Af fordable Care Act this fall”  Five staf f members expressed concern through a letter and making themselves exempt from any and all work activity related to the systematic support of the Af fordable Care Act by evoking their Freedom of Speech.  We are here to show that these materials and trainings are beneficial to our library users and staf f and are supported by the Point Blank Public Library Mission.
  • 3. WHAT IS THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT? Facts March 23, 2010 October 1, 2013- March 31, 2014 Private Insurance 26 Years Old 50 Employees
  • 4. WHAT IS THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT? (CONT) Facts Pre-existing conditions Woman Cancellations and Limits 80/20 Rule
  • 5. PAST COURT CASES National Federation of Independent Business V. Sebelius Florida V. United States Department of Health and Human Services
  • 6. CURRENT COURT CASES Employer Mandate and The Affordable Care Act
  • 7. WHAT DOES ACA MEAN FOR LIBRARY USERS? The Affordable Care Act is taking effect, causing angst and confusion for some Americans. CASHING IN ON ACA CONFUSION Companies Use Obamacare Confusion To Sell 'Junk Insurance'
  • 8. TRAINING Partnership with IMLS and OCLC/Webjunction  What is IMLS?  The Institute of Museum and Library Services  The mission of IMLS is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. We provide leadership through research, policy development, and grant making  What is the OCLC/Webjunction?  Since their launch in 2003, WebJunction has helped thousands of library staff build the job skills needed to power relevant and vibrant libraries.  WebJunction is a not-for-profit program supported by OCLC (Online Computer Library Center)
  • 9. WHAT TRAINING AND RESOURCES ARE OFFERED? Free Webinars  All materials and resources are available online FAQs Stories and examples of other libraries Link to healthcare.gov  Specific links for training and information Link to widgets that can be added to websites  Library specific
  • 10. WHAT DOES ALA SAY ABOUT THIS THESE RESOURCES? “Providing resources that help librarians answer patron requests for health insurance information furthers the long standing commitment of both IMLS and ALA to make information more widely available to the public. We are delighted to help connect libraries to these resources so they can provide timely information to their customers. “While libraries provide information in a way that best suits their own communities, IMLS and ALA stand ready to help all libraries prepare for the anticipated increased demand for health-related information.” – press release July 2013 ALA President, Barbara Stripling and IMLS Director, Susan Hildreth
  • 11. OTHER RESOURCES RUSA (Reference and User Services Association) Guidelines for Medical, Legal, and Business Responses E-Government Toolkit from ALA
  • 12. A TRAINING PLAN Overview of Affordable Care Act  Timeline, key points, and explanation will be made available to staff Frontline staff will receive a more intensive Marketplace training at staff meeting  Identify a staff member that can champion library related resources and supports for health information at your library, and keep staff informed of new information as it becomes available.
  • 13. TAKE ACTION!
  • 14. MATERIALS AND SPACE Books and other library materials Pamphlets CMS.gov Website
  • 15. WHY SHOULD LIBRARIANS BE TRAINED? Librarians: Remain neutral on political elements of any issue Point users to relevant and reliable information Help customers to use necessary technology Making appropriate referrals for in-person assistance Connect local health or help agencies for programing or partnerships
  • 16. POINT BLANK PUBLIC LIBRARY MISSION STATEMENT  The Point Blank Public Library brings people, information, and ideas together ensuring that every member of the community has access to a vast array of ideas and information. We provide quality services, resources, and lifelong learning opportunities to meet the informational, educational, cultural and recreational needs and interest of our diverse and changing community  The Point Blank Public Library is a forum for all points of view and adheres to the principles of intellectual freedom as expressed in the Library Bill of Rights formulated by the American Library
  • 17. VALUES Growth  We recognize the constant change of the information marketplace and continuously (re)asses our programs and services accordingly Individuality  We respect the individually and integrity of each user and employee, and foster an environment where creativity, productivity and responsibility thrive
  • 18. VALUES Knowledge We believe in knowledge as indispensable to the development of human potential, the advancement of civilization, and continuance of enlightened self-government Quality We value rapid and comprehensive access to information
  • 19. VALUE Service We believe first and foremost in meeting the needs of out diverse costumer base Technology We value cutting edge technology as a critical means of information and retrieval delivery
  • 20. CLOSING ARGUMENTS 1. Legality of Affordable Care Act 2. Neutrality in the library 3. Cost of training and resources
  • 21. Questions or Comments? Thank you.