An interactive online map highlighting exceptional programs or activities in each legislative district in Pennsylvania provides a quick and effective demonstration of how PA libraries are using the five literacies of PA Forward to improve their communities.
The map is an effective advocacy tool because it gives legislators a snapshot of how the libraries in their districts are moving PA Forward. It can be updated over time and our team hopes that all libraries will eventually be represented so that everyone may see the innovative programs that take place in Pennsylvania libraries.
To create the map, our team developed and sent out a survey to public and academic libraries throughout Pennsylvania asking them to share information about their programs and how they relate to the five literacies identified by PA Forward. There were close to 150 responses, representing 89 House and 40 Senate districts. Once the information was compiled in Google Docs, an ArcGIS mapping program was used to create an interactive map. Every library that responded is represented by a "pin" on the map. Clicking on a "pin" opens up a dialog box with the name of the library along with a list of literacies and a link to more information.
This group, along with the other PALS 3013 groups, will present their completed projects in a Poster Session scheduled for 5:00 PM on Tuesday during the 2014 PaLA Annual Conference.
- Ryan Ake - Pennsylvania State College
- Therese Barry - Green County Library System
- Cathy Bittle - Ridley Township Public Library
- Regina Braidotti - West Chester University
- Carrie Sturgill - Radnor Memorial Library