Public Libraries in the Digital Age

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  • Libraries offer a myriad of programs, services, resources and tools for education, entertainment, employment and more
  • Libraries are everywhere you want to be – more than 357 public libraries in Minnesota; 100% offer computers and internet access
  • All shapes, all sizes, all supported by cities and counties committed to learning, literacy, and a high quality of life
  • While all of Minnesota’s libraries offer internet access and computers, what is available doesn’t always meet demand
  • Our goal today is to provide information that helps you understand the essential role that libraries play in Minnesota, and to engage you in thinking about the future
  • A short video that encapsulates the impact of libraries nationwide
  • One of the essential roles for libraries is to provide access to those who don’t have it at home or at work. Libraries provide a stable infrastructure and are a reliable resource that serves everyone in the community.
  • Programs and services that respond to the unique needs of seniors are growing at a fast pace – adaptive technology like screen readers and screen enlargers can temper the impact of vision loss, for example. The people connection is just as important for elders as young people – and requires that we have staff skilled in working with these needs.
  • Libraries have ongoing commitment to addressing the needs of non urban residents even as shifts happen – the perceived ease of ‘its on the internet’ masks the challenges of adequate access and skills for the people we serve
  • Responding to diverse communities is at the heart of creating inclusive communities. Providing services in alternative languages may become more critical – technology offers some benefits, but can’t replace people. Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders – and will have different needs, expectations and experiences.
  • Tax information and forms have for years been a primary partnership. Affordable Care Act is the most recent example.
  • Online training that builds capacity – ramp up quickly to respond. Recorded and available 24/7 – but needs differ from state to state.
  • While trained navigators and assistors will be available through many organizations, libraries, because of location, hours and technology, are likely to see many visitors in need of information.
  • Leveraging community partnerships to meet community needs beyond traditional literacy
  • Our goal today was to Inform, Excite and Enlighten you about the role that libraries play in ensuring that all residents have access to the critical tools of technology and a chance to build skills that will allow them to move ahead in their lives
  • Libraries have come a long way since 1973. I don’t even want to guess how little data these tapes stored
  • The ratio of size to date continues to shrink
  • We can be the change we want to see in the world. Libraries can become centers of content creation.
  • Minnesota is currently at 20 gigabits, likely to be at 60 in two years, and 100 in three. How will we get the bandwidth capacity we need? By creatively leveraging resources and partnerships that build strong networks.
  • What will the future look like? While we can’t predict the future, we can predict we’ll be ready for it.
  • Public Libraries in the Digital Age

    1. 1. Public Libraries in the Digital Age A presentation to the Governor’s Broadband Task Force September 10, 2013 Douglas County Library
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    5. 5. 357+ Public Libraries in Minnesota Average Number of Internet Workstations – 13.7 Percent of “Always Sufficient” Internet Workstations – 36.3% Increase in use over prior year (2011-12) – 71.8% Percent of libraries with Maximum Internet Speed greater than 30mb – 2% By the Numbers education.state.mn.us 5
    6. 6. Inform and Engage education.state.mn.us 6
    7. 7. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Libraries Changing Lives and Transforming Community education.state.mn.us 7
    8. 8. • Core library service • Public libraries are key element of Minnesota’s digital infrastructure • 20% of American adults have no broadband or smart phone connection • When people use technology at their public library, their lives improve Public Libraries Provide Digital Access education.state.mn.us 8
    9. 9. The Virtual Library education.state.mn.us 9
    10. 10. Express Library Kiosks education.state.mn.us 10
    11. 11. Libraries Workforce Centers Locations … 100+ 13 Hours Open Weekly … 4,736 619 Public Computers … 2,445 284 MELSA Libraries and Metro Area Workforce Center Access, 2011 Comparative Study education.state.mn.us 11
    12. 12. Bike-Mobiles with Wi Fi Hot Spots Denver, Colorado education.state.mn.us 12
    13. 13. Mobile WORKplace Saint Paul Public Library education.state.mn.us 13
    14. 14. St. Paul Public Library Mobile Tech Lab education.state.mn.us 14
    15. 15. Maker Space Ramsey County Library education.state.mn.us 15
    16. 16. Website “Stickiness” education.state.mn.us 16
    17. 17. Summer Reading Program Online Option education.state.mn.us 17
    18. 18. First Stop for Quality Information Subject Guides to the Internet education.state.mn.us 18
    19. 19. Free Resume & Job Help! Expert resume assistance Live interview coaching … And much more Workforce Development education.state.mn.us 19
    20. 20. Downloadable Content education.state.mn.us 20
    21. 21. Government Information education.state.mn.us 21
    22. 22. Patent and Trademark Information education.state.mn.us 22
    23. 23. Statewide Gateway education.state.mn.us 23
    24. 24. Documenting Minnesota’s History education.state.mn.us 24
    25. 25. Minnesota Historical Society education.state.mn.us 25
    26. 26. Historical Collections education.state.mn.us 26
    27. 27. Connecting with Community Partners education.state.mn.us 27
    28. 28. Cecil Newman leads Minnesota Delegation March on Washington, 1963 Tumblr education.state.mn.us 28
    29. 29. Creating and Storing Digital Content education.state.mn.us 29
    30. 30. Legal Information Online education.state.mn.us 30
    31. 31. Northstar Digital Literacy Standards education.state.mn.us 31
    32. 32. Closing the Achievement Gap education.state.mn.us 32
    33. 33. Libraries Support Lifelong Learning education.state.mn.us 33
    34. 34. Technology Training for All Ages education.state.mn.us 34
    35. 35. St. Paul Public Library Mobile Workplace in the Community education.state.mn.us 35
    36. 36. Linking Seniors Tomorrow is Today education.state.mn.us 36
    37. 37. By 2030, the number of Minnesotans over age 65 is expected to almost double and older adults will comprise about one-fifth of our population. (Minnesota Compass) Aging education.state.mn.us 37 .
    38. 38. More than half of Minnesota’s residents live in the 7-county Twin Cities region and increasing from 2.9 million people to more than 3.5 million by 2040. (Minnesota Compass) Places education.state.mn.us 38
    39. 39. About 17 percent of our state’s residents are now persons of color … between 2000 and 2010, the state’s population of color grew by 55 percent. (Minnesota Compass) People education.state.mn.us 39
    40. 40. National Initiatives with Local Impact education.state.mn.us 40
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    42. 42. education.state.mn.us 42
    43. 43. Informal and Formal Partnerships education.state.mn.us 43
    44. 44. Local Initiatives and Partnerships Achieve Local Goals education.state.mn.us 44
    45. 45. Leveraging Resources for Digital Access: Making it Work education.state.mn.us 45
    46. 46. Public Library Network Circa 1994 education.state.mn.us 46
    47. 47. • 1993 – 1995 Higher Education Network • 1995 – 2000 K-12 Schools and Public Libraries • Funding • Collaboration/Network Building • MN Education Telecommunications Council (METC) • Federal Erate Program Learning Network of Minnesota 1993-2000 education.state.mn.us 47
    48. 48. TAG |TARP | RLTA 1996-2005 education.state.mn.us 48
    49. 49. TEA | RLTA 2006 -- Present education.state.mn.us 49
    50. 50. Federal | State| Local Collaboration + + Funding education.state.mn.us 50
    51. 51. Federal Erate Program education.state.mn.us 51
    52. 52. $2,700,000 -- Federal Erate Program $2,300,000 -- State of Minnesota $2,750,000 – City and County $7,750,000 – Total Network Costs Cost of Today’s Library Network education.state.mn.us 52
    53. 53. Future Growth of Network education.state.mn.us 53
    54. 54. Tipping Point education.state.mn.us 54
    55. 55. Acceleration of Size of Network education.state.mn.us 55
    56. 56. The Minnesota Library Association and the Minnesota Educational Media Organization support* • $6 million increase to Telecommunications Equity Aid for K-12 Schools – total $9.75 million • $2.2 million increase to Regional Library Telecommunications Aid for public libraries – total $4.5 million *Minnesota Department of Education budget is not yet established. 2014 Legislative Session education.state.mn.us 56
    57. 57. education.state.mn.us 57 Wrapping up
    58. 58. 1973 education.state.mn.us 58
    59. 59. 2013 education.state.mn.us 59
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    61. 61. A Terra-bit Library Network for Minnesota? education.state.mn.us 61
    62. 62. Thank You education.state.mn.us 62
    63. 63. Jennifer R. Nelson, State Library Services jennifer.r.nelson@state.mn.us Melinda Ludwiczak, MELSA melinda@melsa.org Peg Werner, Viking Library System pwerner@viking.lib.mn.us Today’s Presenters education.state.mn.us 63

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