What's the need?
There is an increasing need for people to have data literacy skills for their careers.
Many people would like to know how to better find and use civic data and, at the same time, understand its context and limitations.
Why the library?
Your library likely has lots of experience teaching information literacy.
Your library is in the position to adapt existing services or information literacy curriculum to continue to help people access and make use of civic data.
What you can do:
Work with local community organizations to develop data literacy and skills training
Tailor an existing data literacy training toolkit to local needs
Fold data literacy into workforce development training workshops and programs
Expand the roles and skill sets of library staff
Houston, TX: Fondren Library, Rice University Data Literacy Workshops
Queens, NY: Queens Public Library's Data Counts program
Providence, RI: Providence Public Library's Data Navigators program for teens
Resources you can use:
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center: Data 101 Toolkit
Data Equity for Main Street: Open Data Curriculum
MIT Center for Civic Media: Data Therapy
Community Information Now: What’s Needed for a Community to be Good at Using Data?
Allied Media: Opening Data Zine
University of Washington Open Data Literacy Project
NNIP and Microsoft’s Civic Technology Engagement Group: Data and Tech Training Catalog