Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Civic data literacy

The Civic Switchboard Data Literacy project is an (US) IMLS-funded project, part of the larger Civic Switchboard project. "This project will build on the  project’s exploration of civic data roles for libraries and will develop instructional materials to prepare MLIS students and current library workers for civic data work." As part of this they have a short survey "that will help us to better the civic data knowledge and needs of librarians and the extent to which civic data services are implemented in your workplaces."  This survey is available here: https://pitt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5gmyO3Yh4d2SkGF

The Civic Switchboard Guide ("a living document designed to help libraries become more engaged in their local civic data ecosystems") is here https://civic-switchboard.gitbook.io/guide/  . It has sections on library roles, engaging partners etc. and some examples from US academic and public libraries.

Photo by Sheila Webber: birch twigs and snowy pavement, February 2021

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