Increasing the library's capacity to do all of the above
What's the need?
To be sustainable, many of the roles in this section require ongoing commitments of people, resources, and expertise.
Why the library?
Libraries are relatively stable organizations and are used to long-term planning and infrastructural thinking.
What you can do:
Make the case about the importance of this work to your library's leadership and funders
Determine what a baseline of civic data awareness might look like for you and your library colleagues; then work on developing it through whatever means works best in your library (trainings, discussion groups, projects with community partners)
Modify existing staff positions to include responsibilities around civic data; support people in these roles with training and meaningful project work
Create and hire new positions with responsibilities around civic data