In This Issue

E-Government Resources

 

Hundreds of state and federal resources organized by category

  

State-wide portal for county and local resources, organized by county  

  

Career and job resources from the Florida Electronic Library   

October 1, 2015 
  


Fall is here, and hurricane season is in full swing. This newsletter contains resources to help you prepare your community for hurricanes and other natural disasters.

 

But it's not all bad news: also included are a number of exciting E-Government tidbits, including a great example of cooperation between libraries and economic development partners and a federal funding opportunity from the Department of Education relating to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

 

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E-Government News
Be Ready Florida

Be Ready Florida offers BRACE for the Storm workshops that can be delivered via the Internet to teach homeowners in your community how to prepare their homes for the next wind disaster.  Participants also learn how to save money on the windstorm portion of their homeowner's insurance premium.

Go to Be Ready Florida's website to schedule a BRACE for the Storm workshop for your community today! 
CDC -- Emergency Preparedness and Response

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have compiled extensive information on preparing for and responding to a number of natural disasters, not only for individuals but also for professional and volunteer responders.

From lightning strikes and floods to hurricanes and tornadoes, the CDC disaster site has the information you need to find resources in the event of a natural disaster.   
Get Help Florida
Media Kit  
 
Get Help Florida has launched a new media kit on their website so that you can help spread the word about all the resources available to your patrons.
 
The media kit includes downloadable flyers, bookmarks, social media graphics and other promotional materials to help you more easily connect your patrons to the resources they need. Check it out!
Lawyers in Libraries 2015 
 
Florida Legal Services, Inc. is pleased to continue their  Lawyers in Libraries program this October. Lawyers in Libraries is a  statewide collaboration between lawyers and librarians that is designed to make members of the public aware of legal issues, such as access to justice, and to provide guidance and information on legal resources and referrals that are available to the public.

If you would like to participate, there is still time. Contact information is available on Florida Legal Services' website.
BARD Mobile App
  
The National Library Service (NLS) for the Blind and Physically Handicapped has released an updated version of their Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) mobile application for Android compatible devices. This means that a BARD app is now available on both iOS- and Android-compatible mobile devices.

The new app allows patrons to download talking books and magazines from their BARD wish lists and play them on their Android devices. Though the app does not currently support braille reading books, the NLS is working to add braille functionality in future versions.
America's White Table
 
America's White Table is a salute to veterans of the United States Armed Forces, specifically those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. It is normally conducted on Veteran's Day (November 11) and can be displayed throughout the week.
 
Although the items necessary to perform this memorial are quite easy to find, they all have significant and symbolic messages behind them. With this simple display, libraries can honor the veterans in their communities while also bringing attention to e-government services for veterans. Find more details on the Veterans Caucus website.
ProjectPALS  
  
Whether you knew it at the time or not, you have likely interacted with or assisted a library user with autism. According to  Autism Speaks , a national autism advocacy organization,  autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the U.S.

Project PALS, a teaching site developed by two Florida State University professors, was created as a learning tool to help librarians better understand some of the behavioral characteristics demonstrated by someone with autism in order to help make that person more successful in library settings.

Project PALS offers a WebJunction-based course called " Serving Library Users on the Autism Spectrum."  This course, designed by experts in both the library and autism fields, is a series of four independent, self-paced instructional modules that are intended for librarians and library staff to learn how to better serve their users on the autism spectrum. 
Call to Join
 

E-Government Workgroup
 
If you would like to contribute to a discussion on e-government and our role as librarians, please consider joining our E-Government Workgroup. This group will meet three times a year in an online setting to discuss new opportunities and challenges across the state.

If you provide patrons with e-government information on a day-to-day basis or simply would like to know more about how e-government is approached by other librarians, please contact me at alex.brownlee@dos.myflorida.com to be added to the group.
Workforce Recovery News
Co.Starters
 

The Pasco Enterprise Network, which is a partnership between county and city agencies, colleges, and the county library system in Pasco County, has launched an educational program that gives potential small business owners the education and resources they need to create their small businesses.

 

The class meets once a week for 10 weeks and introduces students to the intricacies of business school. At the end of the program, students hold a pitch night where they submit their small business plans and strategies developed during the course.

 

For more information, see the Pasco Incubators Smartstart website.

Grant Opportunities
Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center
  
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Rehabilitation Services Administration makes grants available to states and public or nonprofit agencies and organizations. Their purpose is to support projects that provide training, traineeships and technical assistance to qualified personnel, especially rehabilitation counselors. These counselors are trained to provide vocational, medical, social and psychological rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities, assist individuals with communication and related disorders, and provide other services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act.

Full grant award information and application regulations and deadlines can be found here:  Federal Register: Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center.
Contact Us

Recognizing that e-government is a constantly changing field with emerging challenges and opportunities, the Bureau of Library Development provides a number of training opportunities for interested parties. Follow BLD on Facebook and Twitter for updates, or subscribe to our YouTube channel for uploaded content.

If you need assistance with developing a grant application, such as for the project above, I am happy to collaborate with you to help you in any step of the grant process.

Please do no hesitate to contact me with any of your e-government needs.

Sincerely,

Alex Brownlee
E-Government Consultant
Bureau of Library Development
  


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