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Public libraries and partners often look to local data to understand community needs and tailor support. The Opportunity Index “is an annual composite measure at the state and county levels of economic, educational, and civic factors that expand opportunities.” Dimensions...

Open Enrollment is Underway Individuals and families who wish to renew or apply for health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace are encouraged to act now. Key dates and related consumer deadlines have been posted at HealthCare.gov: Be sure to visit the web-guide...

Meet the new State Archivist at the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission: After more than decade as head of the Georgia Division of Archives and History, David Carmicheal switched his career and took a job with the Atlanta Housing Authority. For the next two years, he...

Webinar: Staying Afloat in a Sea of Change This WebJunction webinar will discuss how to survive change and thrive in new environments.  January 15 Learn more and register. ...

Webinar:  Health Happens in Libraries:  Pathways to Guide Health Education at Your Library Learn how libraries can address health information and services, ensure ethics and privacy in patron interactions, maintain health collections and address community health literacy and support...

Larry Neal, President of the Public Library Association, provides advice to introverted librarians on This Week in Libraries #117 [31 min. 30 sec]. ...

UpNext, the IMLS blog, discusses the Museum Universe Data File.  Find out about your local museums.  Are you planning any partnerships?   ...

Longwood Gardens partners with libraries and other organizations for an annual Community Read. ...

Life-size Candy Land game created in library. (link is no longer available but check out these images of life-sized Candy Lanes in other locations!) ...

Check out the Resources for Libraries provided by the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, ALA and PLA. The tools are designed to help libraries strengthen their role as community leaders. Included are worksheets and recorded webinars on assessing the community, community conversations,...