Pew Research: Libraries 2016

Pew Research: Libraries 2016
The Pew Research Center recently released the results of its most recent study of Americans’ usage patterns of and attitudes towards their libraries.  The results do not show much change from Pew’s last study in 2015 though more respondents did say they look to libraries as a source of credible information. While library visitation has ...

Pew Research: Digital Readiness Gaps

Pew Research: Digital Readiness Gaps
This is the first of three Pew Research Center reports released this month highlighting issues related to libraries. We’ll be looking at each of them individually over the next three weeks. The Pew Center’s newly released, Digital Readiness Gaps report, finds a wide array of preparedness among Americans when it comes to using technology and ...

2016 Roadmap of Need

2016 Roadmap of Need
The Public School Forum and the North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs have released their 2016 Roadmap of Need, an in-depth assessment of youth throughout the state.  The report details county-by-county statistics in the areas of health, behavior and safety, education, and economics. County level data is presented in each of the categories as well ...

Free webinars from Census on accessing and using statistics

The U.S. Census Bureau will conduct a series of free data access webinars to all interested data users. Attendees will learn how to access demographic, socioeconomic, housing and business data from the decennial census, American Community Survey, Local Employment Dynamics, economic programs and more. Click here to learn more about the webinars or register visit. ...

2016 North Carolina Childhood Well-being Profile

2016 North Carolina Childhood Well-being Profile
Last week we announced the release of the 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  Along with the Book, the Foundation released state specific profiles examining the four domains of economics, education, family and community and health.  See how youth in North Carolina are fairing below. Hunting for county or municipal ...

2016 Kids Count Data Book Released 2

2016 Kids Count Data Book Released
The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released its 2016 Kids Count Data Book examining four domains of youth wellness: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. Overall, the report finds today’s youth, “are healthier and completing high school on time despite mounting economic inequality and increasingly unaffordable college tuition. Aided by smart policies and ...

Edge Initiative Report 2015-16 1

Edge Initiative Report 2015-16
Executive Summary Public libraries continue to struggle to meet the technology needs of their communities in an environment of rapid change and slowly rising budgets. In an effort to identify areas of needed improvement, the State Library of North Carolina (SLNC) has been an early adopter of the Edge Initiative, serving as a pilot state ...

IMLS releases Public Library Survey Report for FY2013

IMLS releases Public Library Survey Report for FY2013
The Institute of Museum and Library Services just released the latest Public Library Survey report for fiscal year 2012/2013.  According to the report, FY2013 was a year of stabilization for libraries across the nation. Prior years saw steep declines, first in funding and staffing due to cuts during the recession, followed by a period of ...

New tools: County Health Reports & Roadmaps to Health

New tools: County Health Reports & Roadmaps to Health
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has just released a new suite of tools to make finding county health statistics easier. The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps is a robust tool to help community leaders understand health factors influencing their communities. The data includes high school graduation rates, access to health foods, tobacco use, obesity and ...

2016 NC Child Health Report Card released

2016 NC Child Health Report Card released
NC Child has released its latest statewide health report card assessing a variety of health risk factors. While small improvements have been made, much remains the same for North Carolina children.  The state continues to score above average for insurance coverage, high school graduation, and teen births but below average for poverty and mental health. ...