Using civic data
What's the need?
  • Civic data can help libraries to better understand the communities they serve and, in turn, make more informed decisions about collections, staff, and programming.
Why the library?
  • Libraries are already data-driven organizations and collect internal data on how collections and spaces are used.
  • If the library is advocating for the importance of civic data it is vital to demonstrate its importance at home.
What you can do:
  • Use Census data to create demographic profiles of the communities you serve; consider languages spoken, education levels, income, and employment
  • Incorporating civic data into reporting can model great open data practices for patrons and the broader community.
  • Consult state or municipal open data for data sources that can help you make your case for an upcoming grant or new library initiative.
Resources you can use:
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