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Circulating Tools and Other Unique Items
Presenter: Janet Anderson, Director of the Minot Public Library
When: Thursday, November 21, 2019 1:30-2:00 (CST)

Libraries have been circulating "non-traditional" items since at least the 1800s so it's no surprise that North Dakota libraries are embracing unique collections. In 2017, the Minot Public Library (MPL) was approached by volunteers with the AmeriCorps VISTA Program about providing a tool library and since MPL had experience circulating unique items such as tablets, robots, video games and more, the Library staff jumped on board. The MPL tool library was not just about being trendy though. The goal of the VISTA program is to promote resiliency and the purpose of the tool library is to help people become more resilient which was especially important in Minot following the 2011 flood. The MPL Tool Library officially opened in March of 2018 and has drawn a lot of attention and provided for some great learning experiences. In this webinar, MPL Director, Janet Anderson, will describe the work that went into opening a tool library and share some of the important lessons the staff have learned.

Register for the webinar through our calendar.


Why and How Librarians Can Help with Census 2020
Presenter: Kevin Iverson, North Dakota Census Office Manager
When: Thursday, December 12, 2019 1:30-2:00PM (CST)

Libraries represent 'trusted organizations' in the community with the resources and the opportunity to education members of the public on the importance of the decennial census in the local community.

Librarians also have the opportunity to explain the ease of the census, just 10 questions per person, and the rules for privacy and confidentiality for personal information the Census Bureau is required to maintain.

Often located in census tracts with higher proportions of traditionally under counted populations, most libraries have computers and WiFi accessible to the public. These assets are important in completing the 2020 Census as it will be the first in which responses can be provided online.

According to a George Washington University Study, the Federal Government obligated $1,445,647,171 within the state of North Dakota in 2015 using data based upon Census 2010. Per capita, that works out to $1,910 per year. As we live with the result of a census for 10 years, that works out to $19,100 per person or $44,312 per household (average of 2.32 persons). A decennial census off just 0.1 percent would cost the state around $15 million.

Librarians, working with local complete count committees, can help ensure their local community is accurately counted and obtains its fair share of financial resources for the next decade.

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