Public Opinion Pros http://publicopinionpros.com/ Fri, 20 May 2022 04:35:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://publicopinionpros.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/cropped-icon-32x32.png Public Opinion Pros http://publicopinionpros.com/ 32 32 Evanston Public Library announces summer reading programs for children Evanston Public Library hosts reading programs for young people https://publicopinionpros.com/evanston-public-library-announces-summer-reading-programs-for-children-evanston-public-library-hosts-reading-programs-for-young-people/ Fri, 20 May 2022 04:35:33 +0000 https://publicopinionpros.com/evanston-public-library-announces-summer-reading-programs-for-children-evanston-public-library-hosts-reading-programs-for-young-people/

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Children work on an art project designed by Sally Battle at the Evanston Public Library. This summer, Story Hours will include reading and crafts as part of EPL’s youth programming.

This summer, pay attention to the chalk messages of kindness from children participating in the Evanston Public Library youth programs.

As part of EPL’s 2022 Summer Reading Challenge, kids are busy scratching squares in a bingo-like game that encourages reading through activities like creating new superheroes and writing of poems.

Instead of Bingo, children receive a Read-o card based on this summer’s theme: an ‘Beyond the Beaten Path’ reading journey that encourages exploration of new genres and authors.

“It’s a summer program designed to inspire kids to buy books over the summer,” said Jenette Sturges, EPL’s communications and marketing manager. “Every time you read a book or do an activity, you can scratch off a sticker on the Read-o card.”

Every summer, the EPL organizes youth programs to encourage summer reading. Activities include clubs, story hours and contests for all ages. The programming aims to help students avoid a “summer slide” that affects their level of education and reading.

Between June and September, children can lose up to three months of progress made in the previous school year and fall behind their new grade level, Sturges said. Reading just five books over the summer can help children avoid this decline, she said, but those without access to reading materials at home are particularly vulnerable.

At EPL’s Main Library, children’s librarian Kim Daufeldt hosts storytimes, including a special “All Alone” storytime for children ages 3-5. In addition to sharing new books, she plans artistic and musical activities around the themes of the story.

“It will actually be on its own for the first time in almost two years,” Daufeldt said. “The idea is that they are big kids in training. They learn to go out and do things for themselves.

Although most library programs have returned to in-person formats, COVID-19 has brought about long-term changes. In 2020, Daufeldt moved storytimes online and designed crafts to use household items. Children’s librarian Brian Wilson has also recorded his stories to provide online access.

“We’ve learned over the past two years to be really flexible,” Wilson said.

Since the fall of 2020, Wilson has continued to host his Caldecott club online. Students in grades one through eight discuss books and rate artwork on Zoom. A microwave cooking class remains online for elementary school children.

This summer, EPL will expand outdoor programming at both branches, including Family Storytimes at Cornelia Lunt Park and Fountain Square. Through outdoor events, EPL also expands community access to reading material. One initiative, EPL on the Fly!, distributes free books, crafts and STEAM kits to children in parks and beaches. Interested families can learn more about the EPL and register on site for library cards.

Summer programs can improve outcomes for community members, Sturges said. To continue funding these programs, EPL is seeking donations and planning a campaign this summer to raise funds.

“We have the opportunity to impact equity by putting STEM books and kits in the hands of children.” said Sturges. “Summer reading is a great tool for building equity.”

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Flint Public Library reopens after multi-million dollar renovation project https://publicopinionpros.com/flint-public-library-reopens-after-multi-million-dollar-renovation-project/ Thu, 19 May 2022 14:00:00 +0000 https://publicopinionpros.com/flint-public-library-reopens-after-multi-million-dollar-renovation-project/

FLINT, MI — Those who visited the renovated Flint Public Library struggle to remember what it looked like after a 2019 bond proposal passed by Genesee County voters allowed for a complete overhaul of the building.

The new Flint Public Library opened Thursday, May 19 for self-guided tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, May 20 for a soft opening when the library is full and all services are available.

After being closed for more than two years for the project following some delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the renovations costing more than $20 million are finally complete.

Related: Coronavirus delays renovation of Flint Public Library

The library, located at 1026 E. Kearsley St., is now better equipped to serve Flint County and Genesee residents after expanding from just three to 19 small and large meeting spaces, a dining room, kitchenette, community gathering spaces and classrooms.

This summer, the Flint Public Library will open a digital studio equipped with studio-grade microphones, a green screen, and a Mac with full Adobe Creative Suite.

Executive Director Kay Schwartz’s favorite aspect of the library’s new interior is the Gloria Coles Sky Salon, a 7-person meeting room that floats with four walls of glass above the learning staircase at the center of the building.

“You can see all around and people can see you. I think it will be a popular place,” Schwartz said.

The library is now outfitted with smaller stacks of books to provide sight lines to the glass windows that surround the building, a large learning space for children, a community room, a learning staircase, an internet cafe, a digital learning center and an expanded local history and genealogy space with room to grow. It also has casual outdoor gathering spaces.

The project added 16,000 square feet of public space by reorganizing ground floor use and opening up the layout, Schwartz said.

Flint voters approved a $12.6 million bond in November 2019 to fund the renovations, along with funds from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Ruth Mott Foundation and Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

Related: Flint Passes $12.6 Million Library Bond, Renovation Set to Begin in May 2020

If you’re a Michigan resident, you’re eligible for a library card at the Flint Public Library, Schwartz said. Residents are encouraged to bring photo ID when registering.

New members can choose from six new library cards, some of which feature local ties: Vehicle City Arches, Silver Car, Space Dinosaurs, Flint Public Library Mural, Caddy Fins and Scraps.

“Everyone who walks through that door is an owner,” Schwartz said. “… This library is a like-new building. He was stripped down to the beams. Every piece of wire and pipe above ground and below ground is brand new. »

The library has temporarily resumed operations at the Courtland Center in Burton while renovations took place from July 2020 to November 2021.

In the meantime, some of the library’s inventory was stored at General Motors, said Wanda Harden, community engagement and communications manager.

Regular business hours resume Saturday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be an extravagant grand opening on the same day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A comprehensive May-August Flint Public Library programming guide is available on its website at https://www.fpl.info/.

Read more on The Flint Journal:

Kearsley schools are seeking candidates for a vacant school board seat

McLaren manager and chief medical officer remember ‘unparalleled leadership’

Michigan’s Best Local Dishes: Try Fusion-Style BBQ with a ‘Flavor Burst’ in Flint

Energy company seeks to bring $200 million solar farm to northern Genesee County


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Singapore launches public consultation for health reform on preventive care https://publicopinionpros.com/singapore-launches-public-consultation-for-health-reform-on-preventive-care/ Thu, 19 May 2022 07:12:22 +0000 https://publicopinionpros.com/singapore-launches-public-consultation-for-health-reform-on-preventive-care/

KUALA LUMPUR, May 19 – The Singaporean government has launched public pledges to gather feedback from citizens on its plan to shift the country from curative hospital care to preventive care.

The country “Healthier SG” strategywhich was announced by Health Minister Ong Ye Kung in Parliament last March, aims to link every Singaporean to a single family doctor to develop personalized health plans with them.

The public’s opinions and suggestions on Healthier SG through an online survey or a series of five town hall meetings from May 26 to June 15 will be incorporated into a white paper to be tabled in Parliament later this year.

“Announced during the 2022 MOH Supply Committee debate, Healthier SG will help all Singaporeans take action for better health. We have built a good health system in Singapore, but we need to focus on better health and a better quality of life for all,” the Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a statement. statement yesterday.

“Before these public consultations began, we engaged general practitioners (GPs) and senior management from our healthcare clusters to hear their perspectives, understand their concerns and co-create solutions.

“We also conducted over 100 in-depth one-on-one interviews with residents to understand how different circumstances and experiences may influence their views of Healthier SG.”

Ong told Parliament last March that non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as hypertension and high cholesterol are increasing in Singapore amid an aging population.

“After 10 years of laying the foundations, plus a pandemic crisis, it is time for us to take the next big step. There is urgency to this because over the next 10 years, long after the dust of Covid-19 has settled, we will face our greatest health care challenge since our nation began – the deterioration of the health of the population,” the Singapore director said. Straits time quoted Ong as saying.

He noted that only three in five Singaporeans have a regular GP, citing studies that generally show better health and fewer hospitalizations and emergency room visits for those with just one chosen GP.

According to Ong, three health care clusters in the country, each caring for up to 1.5 million people, will coordinate the GP registration program to ensure residents can get primary care close to at their home.

According to SG Healthier Websitethe government aims for all Singaporeans to have a trusted, lifelong relationship with their family doctor, who will help them develop a personalized health plan, encourage recommended health screenings and vaccinations, discuss health goals and discuss their health status and concerns. throughout their life course.

Under Healthier SG which targets registration with a GP of their choice, the government will also support GP clinic capabilities such as telemedicine, IT systems and workforce in primary and community care sectors, says Ong.

Three regional health clusters – Singaporean healthcare provider SingHealth, National University Health System and National Healthcare Group – will work to develop an integrated health and social ecosystem in their region.

They will partner with various agencies such as the Health Promotion Council, Agency for Integrated Care, People’s Association, Sports SG and the National Parks Council, as well as social and community partners to support individual health goals.

“To begin with, Singaporeans could access more physical activity and healthier diets, and choose the activities that suit them best,” a statement from Healthier SG said.

“For older people, regional health clusters and their family doctors will advise them on how to participate in healthy activities and programs, such as at the local aged care centre.”

Healthier SG also plans to increase access to and capacity for mental health services in the community and hospitals; and strengthen the health and well-being of children and mothers through family support programs, as well as community-based care for the elderly.

Healthier SG further plans to protect the well-being and prevent abuse and harassment of healthcare workers, including junior doctors.

The Singaporean government wants to invest in technology to enable people with chronic conditions to monitor their condition from home, as well as to facilitate data sharing between different healthcare providers.

Healthier SG discusses other efforts to promote healthier living, such as reducing sugar consumption by expanding labeling requirements and advertising bans to include freshly made beverages; increasing low-sodium food alternatives; encouraging physical activity; and increase public education about the harms of vaping.

Health promotion will also be strengthened for low-income families, in addition to creating a SG$1.5 million fund for targeted health promotion programs run by community volunteers.

Healthier SG aims to improve support for women and couples, for example by providing access to fertility health information, funding support for certain types of preimplantation genetic testing and improving psychosocial support for couples undergoing fertility treatments.


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OfReg public consultation on updates to outage reporting rules https://publicopinionpros.com/ofreg-public-consultation-on-updates-to-outage-reporting-rules/ Wed, 18 May 2022 18:40:11 +0000 https://publicopinionpros.com/ofreg-public-consultation-on-updates-to-outage-reporting-rules/

OfReg today announced the opening of a public comment period for proposed updates to the Outage reporting rules that information and communications technology (ICT) service providers and ICT network providers must comply with mandatory service outage reporting.

A consultation document and draft updated rules have been published by OfReg to enable anyone with sufficient interest or those likely to be affected by the rules a reasonable opportunity to comment proposed updates.

The rules were previously updated in 2019 when online outage reporting was introduced. the proposed updates aim to make information gathering more robust and outage reporting clearer by defining and distinguishing between “planned” and “unplanned” stops.

This differentiation also specifies whether a failure must be reported or not, allowing the reporting criteria must be tailored to specific ICT networks, services and licensees and includes the requirement to notify customers where it is reasonable to do so. In turn, robust reporting rules help OfReg determine what regulatory measures are needed to minimize the impact of outages on customers and consumers.

Mr. Sonji Myles, Executive Director – Information, OfReg, said:

Based on the experience gained Using existing outage reporting rules, we have identified some areas that we believe require update. Updates are needed to better capture instances of outages on licensee networks and to better enable OfReg to determine whether failures or repeated failures warrant regulation interventions or cooperative initiatives with industry to prevent the recurrence of similar failures in the future.

Additionally, including requirements to notify customers of outages will help keep them properly informed. Under its enabling and foundational legislation, OfReg has several main functions. One of these main functions is to protect the short and long term interests of consumers with regard to public services, including ICT networks and services.

The consultation document and the updated draft rules have been sent to all OfReg operators and licensees in all areas regulated by the NEB. These two documents are also available to the public on the OfReg website www.ofreg.ky. The comment period is open for 30 days and all responses must be submitted to OfReg in writing by 5 p.m. on June 17, 2022.

Bids can be submitted as follows:

By email to:

consultations@ofreg.ky

By mail to:

Office of Utility Regulation and Competition

Box 10189

Grand Cayman KY1-1002

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2022-05-16 | NDAQ:APEI | Press release https://publicopinionpros.com/2022-05-16-ndaqapei-press-release/ Mon, 16 May 2022 13:24:53 +0000 https://publicopinionpros.com/2022-05-16-ndaqapei-press-release/

A leading NASA astronaut and telescope expert will share their research and discoveries in a free two-day virtual event

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va., May 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — American public university system (APUS) and the Organization of political studies (PSO) have announced two keynote speakers for the third annual Space Education and Strategic Applications (SESA) Conference, to be held virtually September 22-23. The event is free and open to the public; visit here to see the latest event updates.

dr. Sian’s Overseerthe first African-American woman to pilot a spacecraft, and Carl Stara well-known telescope expert and head of mission operations for NASA, will be the keynote speakers at an event that will bring together industry leaders, innovators and decision makers to focus on “Fifty Years of the Moon: the future of commerce, government, and military space exploration.’

The lecturers each have decades of experience and have made significant scientific contributions to space studies. Dr. Proctor is a geoscientist, explorer, space artist, educator, and astronaut who is now the mission pilot for Inspiration4, the first all-civilian mission to orbit space. She is an analog astronaut, notably leading the all-female SENSORIA Mars 2020 mission to Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) Habitat.

“I believe that we must all fight for a JEDI space: a fair, equitable, diverse and inclusive space as we advance human spaceflight.” said Dr. Proctor. “SESA offers our industry the opportunity to come together at all levels and explore this mindset from many different and valuable perspectives, because when we solve for space, we also solve problems on earth. .

Starr, a 2020 Goddard Outstanding Public Leadership Medal recipient who earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in space studies from the American Military University, is now the mission operations manager for the James Webb Space Telescope Project at Goddard Space Flight Center. from NASA to Greenbelt, Marylandand has been part of the team since 2004. In this role, he was responsible for the operations of the Observatory after the separation of the telescope from the launch vehicle.

“In my work with the James Webb Space Telescope Project, I see firsthand the importance of coordinated communication within the space industry, where collaboration is the key to exciting new breakthroughs,” Starr said. “The third annual SESA Conference is sure to lead to rewarding conversations for space professionals, scholars and students as we strive to find new answers.”

The conference will foster multidisciplinary conversations on issues related to both military and commercial space, at the intersection between science, technology, education and policy. Conversations on ethics and philosophy will also cover the social and political spectra that impact space studies today. Lectures by numerous professors, students and visiting experts will cover topics such as science, engineering, law, exploration, business and military development, education, defense and security, and women in the world. ‘space.

SESA’s organizer, APUS, through its schools – American Military University and American Public University – offers undergraduate and graduate programs in space studies that align with the growing demand for professionals space in the military, as well as in the public and private sectors. For example, APUS offers a remote access experience with its 24-inch online robotic telescope, located in an APUS observatory Charles Town, West Virginia Campus. The University Observatory has one of the largest telescopes in the region – a fully remote-controlled Planewave CDK-24 Telescope – equipped with sophisticated digital cameras to enable innovative research and exploration under the program.

“As the space industry continues to conquer new frontiers for the private sector as well as the military, the American Public University System is proud to lead our third annual SESA Conference bringing together the brightest minds in the industry, from government, military and academia for critical conversations about crucial developments,” said Dr. Vernon C. Smith, Provost of the APUS. “Beyond the SESA conference, APUS remains committed to scientific work in space studies, through our curriculum and academic quarterly Journal of Space Education and Strategic Applications.”

Through the APUS Center for Space Studies (CSS), faculty work with students to support the development of a workforce for the growing needs of the space sector – while coordinating space-related educational research and scholarly publishing activities across the ‘University. APUS also publishes a SESA journal in collaboration with the Policy Studies Organization (PSO), to organize recent knowledge in the field.

About the American Public University System

American Public University System (APUS) provides accessible and affordable online higher education to adult learners from all backgrounds. APUS, a five-time recipient of the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Effective Practice Award, offers more than 200 online degree and certificate programs through American Public University as well as American Military University, the leading provider of higher education for US military and veterans. * With over 114,000 alumni worldwide, APUS is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education. APUS is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Public Education, Inc. (Nasdaq: APEI). For more information, visit www.apus.edu.

*Based on Department of Defense FY 2019 tuition assistance and Veterans Administration student enrollment data, as reported by Military Times, 2020.

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Local Opinion: Critical Race Theory and the Family Life Curriculum in Public Education | Local editorials and opinion https://publicopinionpros.com/local-opinion-critical-race-theory-and-the-family-life-curriculum-in-public-education-local-editorials-and-opinion/ Sat, 14 May 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://publicopinionpros.com/local-opinion-critical-race-theory-and-the-family-life-curriculum-in-public-education-local-editorials-and-opinion/

Here is the author’s opinion and analysis: I recently found myself in front of a memorial sitting next to a cousin I hadn’t seen in years. “So, do you teach this stuff?” was his greeting. “What thing?” I replied, feigning ignorance, curious to see if he could conjure up the six syllables he wanted to say: He couldn’t. “That stuff they say you teach.” “You mean critical race theory?” I said no. I don’t know.” If he had pursued his question, I could have explained to him that Critical Race Theory is not part of the elementary school curriculum. It is a college-level course, often taught in law school, and defined by EdWeek as: “an academic concept over 40 years old. The central idea is that race is a social construct and that racism is not simply the product of prejudice or individual biases, but also something embedded in legal systems and policies. Read this again; it’s exhilarating and no, we don’t shove these notions down young children’s throats. But don’t take my word for it, take it time to explore the social studies standards taught in Arizona. There is no need to create laws allowing parents to have access to what is taught to their children: the link to do so already exists: azed .gov. (Note the complete absence of CRTs and/or any teaching points concerning the shame of a particular race for the social woes of history.)”, a villainous program where we would take it upon ourselves “to educate these young children in the LGBTQ zone”, as a recent author of letters to the Star. (He also “imagined” that if tested less than 10% would reach satisfactory (academic) levels – both points made in his letter are imaginary). No, teachers do not spend our class time with 5-8 year olds teaching LGBTQ classes. We’re busy teaching young minds social skills, reading, spelling, math, science, art, cursive, music, computers, science, physical education and more. great again, how to create a well-organized writing sample. For good measure, in third grade, they must be able to plan, write, revise, and type their essay for timed assessments. Although the national kerfuffle is currently mostly focused on K–3, I will be raising the bar for Arizona’s fifth-year program. I just completed the nine lessons of the family life studies program with my students last week. The first lessons focus on family dynamics: household chores, responsibilities, communication with family, decision-making, personal safety and responsibility. This is followed by lessons on bullying and cyberbullying, and one on abuse and how students can protect themselves from physical, emotional and sexual abuse. One lesson covers the basics of puberty. The final lessons deal with common mental/emotional/social changes and feelings that students may encounter as they grow up. The perceived doozy is the lesson on the reproductive system, which, in effect, is a simple anatomy lesson that takes us all the way to the functions of the sperm and egg…and the fifth-grade family life curriculum touches at its end. No discussion of how the stars of that last sentence meet. See for yourself: search for the TUSD Family Life Program. However, if you are looking to be offended or outraged, prepare to be disappointed. So, to those inclined to take a negative or dismayed view of how educators “brainwash” students: if your opinions are based solely on sources of information that you and like-minded people ideas in your social circle choose to absorb, and as a result of such misinformation you have joined the ranks that demonize teachers: before supporting the storming of school board meetings and school offices with torches and pitchforks lit, I strongly suggest you go straight to the source and talk to a teacher. You might just learn something.

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Here is the author’s opinion and analysis:

I recently found myself in front of a memorial sitting next to a cousin I hadn’t seen in years. “So, do you teach this stuff?” was his greeting. “What thing?” I replied, feigning ignorance, curious to see if he could conjure up the six syllables he wanted to say: He couldn’t. “That stuff they say you teach.”

“You mean critical race theory?” I said no. I do not know.”

If he had pursued his question, I could have explained to him that critical race theory is not part of the elementary school curriculum. It is a college-level course, often taught in law school, and defined by EdWeek as: “an academic concept over 40 years old. The central idea is that race is a social construct and that racism is not simply the product of individual prejudice or prejudice, but also something embedded in legal systems and policies.

Read that again; it’s exhilarating and no, we don’t shove these notions down the throats of young children. But don’t take my word for it, take the time to explore the social studies standards taught in Arizona. It is not necessary to create laws allowing parents to have access to what is taught to their children: the link to do so already exists: azed.gov. (Note the complete absence of CRTs and/or any teaching points regarding the shame of a particular race for the social misfortunes of history.)

K-3 teachers are also currently finding themselves under fire for “brainwashing” children with another boogeyman…the dreaded “Sex Ed,” a villainous program where we would take it upon ourselves to “educate those young children in the LGBTQ zone,” as a recent author of a letter to the Star lamented. (He also “imagined” that if tested less than 10% would reach satisfactory (academic) levels – both points made in his letter are imaginary).

No, teachers do not spend our class time with 5-8 year olds teaching LGBTQ classes. We’re busy teaching young minds social skills, reading, spelling, math, science, art, cursive, music, computers, science, physical education and more. great again, how to create a well-organized writing sample. For good measure, in third grade, they must be able to plan, write, revise, and type their essay for timed assessments.

Although the national kerfuffle is currently mostly focused on K–3, I will be raising the bar for Arizona’s fifth-year program. I just completed the nine lessons of the family life studies program with my students last week. The first lessons focus on family dynamics: household chores, responsibilities, communication with family, decision-making, personal safety and responsibility.

This is followed by lessons on bullying and cyberbullying, and one on abuse and how students can protect themselves from physical, emotional and sexual abuse. One lesson covers the basics of puberty. The final lessons deal with common mental/emotional/social changes and feelings that students may encounter as they grow up.

The perceived doozy is the lesson on the reproductive system, which, in effect, is a simple anatomy lesson that takes us all the way to the functions of the sperm and egg…and the fifth-grade family life curriculum touches at its end. No discussion of how the stars of that last sentence meet. See for yourself: search for the TUSD Family Life Program. However, if you are looking to be offended or outraged, prepare to be disappointed.

So, to those inclined to take a negative or dismayed view of how educators “brainwash” students: if your opinions are based solely on sources of information that you and like-minded people ideas in your social circle choose to absorb, and as a result of such misinformation you have joined the ranks that demonize teachers: before supporting the storming of school board meetings and school offices with torches and pitchforks lit, I strongly suggest you go straight to the source and talk to a teacher. You might just learn something.

Christopher Rodarte taught in the Tucson Unified School District for 17 years.

Christopher Rodarte taught in the Tucson Unified School District for 17 years.


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Stakeholders call for modernization of public library in Nigeria https://publicopinionpros.com/stakeholders-call-for-modernization-of-public-library-in-nigeria/ Sat, 14 May 2022 01:04:26 +0000 https://publicopinionpros.com/stakeholders-call-for-modernization-of-public-library-in-nigeria/

Nigerian librarians have called for the modernization of the country’s public library to enhance development and improve a service delivery.

This is contained in a statement issued at the end of the 5th Annual Conference of the National Librarian, Directors and Chairpersons of the Boards of State Public Libraries in Nigeria on Friday in Enugu.

The theme of the conference was “Nigerian Public Libraries in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): The Journey So Far”.

The conference was held under the chairmanship of the Acting University Librarian of Umudike Agricultural University, Dr Isaac Ogbonna, and hosted by the National Librarian of the National Library of Nigeria (NLN), Professor Chinwe Anunobi .

He noted that most public libraries across the country lack the digital infrastructure required to foster digital literacy and digital inclusion in their immediate communities to advance the goals of the SDGs.

He said libraries should invest in professional learning and development to overcome identified barriers that impede the digital needs of library users, including lack of staff knowledge and ability to handle customer demands.

According to the release, most state public libraries enforce patchwork and moribund public library laws enacted in the 1960s and 1970s that are inconsistent with current realities and have therefore become outdated and impractical in the delivery of library services. and information of the 21st century.

This, he said, should be uniformly reviewed and harmonized in tandem with current realities and global best practices to allow them to function optimally.

He said there is a need to improve the penetration of low-level information and communication technologies in communities and public library systems in Nigeria to effectively harness and advance the SDGs.

The statement further states that most public libraries in Nigeria rarely come up with innovative programs and activities that would make their libraries appealing to young people.

“Most librarians in public libraries are not very driven and driven by passion, which results in low-level innovation and creativity.

“Public libraries are insufficiently funded to provide effective services and deploy the sufficient information resources needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

“Libraries should plan innovative programs, activities and services such as play corners in the library, smart science spaces to leverage science and technology for community development.

“Digital literacy is imperative for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and state governments in Nigeria are required to provide digital infrastructure and facilitate far-reaching digital training and capacity building for public library staff in their states “, he launched.

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Jeanne Hutchinson donates to Princeton Public Library to improve fire suppression system – Shaw Local https://publicopinionpros.com/jeanne-hutchinson-donates-to-princeton-public-library-to-improve-fire-suppression-system-shaw-local/ Fri, 13 May 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://publicopinionpros.com/jeanne-hutchinson-donates-to-princeton-public-library-to-improve-fire-suppression-system-shaw-local/

The Princeton Public Library received a donation from major contributor Jeanne Hutchinson to upgrade its fire suppression system.

Hutchinson and her late husband have provided funds in the past for many major projects at the library, including the heating and cooling system.

The Princeton Public Library’s Lawton Local History Room will be equipped with additional fire protection as the room houses the library’s most valuable items. The library board has agreed to install a fire protection system that will suppress fires using a chemical that will not harm the often delicate and fragile equipment.

The library will also modify the notification system of its fire suppression system. The new notification system will be more reliable and will not initiate a call to the facility contact when the internet connection prevents communication with the household.

An online application and received installation will help provide better communication and the ability to filter notifications accordingly.

The Princeton Public Library, Board of Trustees, staff and patrons recognize and appreciate the entire Hutchinson family in their efforts to make the library a comfortable space for the people of Princeton.


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Local government digital transformation agenda unveiled for public consultation https://publicopinionpros.com/local-government-digital-transformation-agenda-unveiled-for-public-consultation/ Fri, 13 May 2022 11:32:00 +0000 https://publicopinionpros.com/local-government-digital-transformation-agenda-unveiled-for-public-consultation/

ATHENS – The Ministry of Digital Governance has unveiled the plans for the digital transformation project for local authorities “Smart Cities”, which is to be financed with around 230 million euros from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Digital Governance Minister Kyriakos Pierrakakis and Deputy Minister Thodoris Livanios have already announced that the program involves some 315 Greek municipalities with up to 100,000 inhabitants. The project is based on seven pillars – sustainable mobility, energy savings and reduction of the energy footprint of municipal buildings, improvement of services to citizens and businesses, improvement of the quality of life, strengthening of local democracy, consultation and transparency. , protection against cyberattacks and support for digital infrastructures – and 39 individual actions.

The remaining municipalities, which have more than 100,000 inhabitants, will receive funding for the corresponding actions of the Recovery and Resilience Fund, up to 90 million euros.

The public comment period will last until Wednesday, May 25, 2022 and interested persons are invited to submit their comments in writing to the email address smartota@mindigital.gr.


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Baltimore County Public Library Foundation Launches Giving Day Wednesday to Raise Additional Funds – Baltimore Sun https://publicopinionpros.com/baltimore-county-public-library-foundation-launches-giving-day-wednesday-to-raise-additional-funds-baltimore-sun/ Fri, 13 May 2022 11:00:46 +0000 https://publicopinionpros.com/baltimore-county-public-library-foundation-launches-giving-day-wednesday-to-raise-additional-funds-baltimore-sun/

The Baltimore County Public Library Foundation is kicking off the Big Give – a day of giving on Wednesday to raise additional funds for projects vital to the library system.

The foundation is holding the event to replace lost revenue from its annual spring fundraiser, which it hasn’t held since 2019 due to the pandemic, according to Emily Williamson of the communications and media relations department at the foundation.

“We have a full day of events at various branches culminating in a free concert on the roof of the Towson Garage behind the Towson branch,” Williamson said. “There will be a band, food, games, a visit from Poe from the Ravens, and more”

The concert will take place from 6-8 p.m. and will feature local band Bad w/Names, food, vendors and other activities. Parking in the garage is free.

Donations can be made online to support Baltimore County Public Library initiatives including Library Social Worker, Summer Reading Challenge, STREAM Bookmobile for Youth, Storyville and Building Improvements .

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“We ask donors to give through this website and then choose a fund to direct their donations to,” Williamson said.

Anyone who donates $75 or more receives a “big cup” and is automatically enrolled in the foundation’s All In Crowd membership program. The foundation will be hosting events throughout the day at its library branches: North Point Branch 10-11 a.m., Woodlawn Branch 10:30-11:30 a.m., Perry Hall Branch 11-12 a.m., Cockkeysville branch from noon to 1 p.m. pm, Catonsville branch from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and Hereford branch from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The foundation plays a vital role in helping fund some of the library’s programs, including the Social Worker in the Library, the STREAM vehicle, the Building Fund and Storyville, Williamson said. In the past, the Foundation was responsible for funding the Mobile Library Law Center and initiating the first phase of social work in the library, she said.

The foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that helps fund new initiatives or programs that are not included in the overall library budget but are essential to 21st century library services, Williamson said.

“Today’s library is a trusted resource for the community and has become a connector providing services beyond books,” Williamson said. “During the height of the pandemic, the library served meals, distributed COVID test kits, installed Wi-Fi in parking lots, and added Chromebooks and hotspots.”

Learn more: foundationforbcpl.org/librarybiggive.


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