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1 The Library Partnership …A Neighborhood Resource Center

2 Alachua County Library DistrictAlachua County Library District The Partnership for Strong FamiliesThe Partnership for Strong Families Florida Department of Children and FamiliesFlorida Department of Children and Families Casey Family ProgramsCasey Family Programs

3 The Library Partnership …A Neighborhood Resource Center What is it?What is it? Who is involved?Who is involved? How it happenedHow it happened How it worksHow it works Why it is neededWhy it is needed Why it is effectiveWhy it is effective Preliminary resultsPreliminary results

4 The Library Partnership …A Neighborhood Resource Center What is it? What is it? Central community resource to strengthen families Central community resource to strengthen families Library E-government & social services providers co-located Library E-government & social services providers co-located Self Sufficiency, Family Support & Child Development, Health & Safety Self Sufficiency, Family Support & Child Development, Health & Safety

5 The Library Partnership …A Neighborhood Resource Center Who is involved? Who is involved? Primary partners Primary partners United Way of North Central Florida United Way of North Central Florida 30 Social service providers 30 Social service providers

6 The Library Partnership …A Neighborhood Resource Center How it happened How it happened DCF, PSF, Casey Family Programs DCF, PSF, Casey Family Programs December 2007 – Casey Family Programs funding to develop concept to reduce children from entering the foster care system targeting vulnerable communities December 2007 – Casey Family Programs funding to develop concept to reduce children from entering the foster care system targeting vulnerable communities Identified hotspots by zip code Identified hotspots by zip code Defined Neighborhood Resource Center concept Defined Neighborhood Resource Center concept Developed list of potential social service providers Developed list of potential social service providers June 2008 – met with agencies to develop structure June 2008 – met with agencies to develop structure

7 The Library Partnership …A Neighborhood Resource Center How it happened How it happened Alachua County Library District Alachua County Library District Search for an Eastside Branch site Search for an Eastside Branch site Seeking partner – UF, SFC, UF/Shands Hospital, City of Gainesville, School Board, local developers Seeking partner – UF, SFC, UF/Shands Hospital, City of Gainesville, School Board, local developers FY 2008/09 Budget Plan – identified possibility of storefront library FY 2008/09 Budget Plan – identified possibility of storefront library FY 2008/09 – started expansion of Millhopper Branch Library, opened temporary, smaller branch FY 2008/09 – started expansion of Millhopper Branch Library, opened temporary, smaller branch

8 The Library Partnership …A Neighborhood Resource Center How it happened How it happened October At Alachua County Childrens Alliance, Library learns of Project October At Alachua County Childrens Alliance, Library learns of Project DCF, PSF, ACLD visit sites and select one DCF, PSF, ACLD visit sites and select one November ACLD Governing Board informed November ACLD Governing Board informed December ACLD works on lease and sub-lease with PSF December ACLD works on lease and sub-lease with PSF January ACLD Governing Board approves leases January ACLD Governing Board approves leases February Design and build-out begin February Design and build-out begin June 15, Soft opening June 15, Soft opening July 8, Grand opening July 8, Grand opening August 1, 2009 – Community Day Event August 1, 2009 – Community Day Event

9 The Library Partnership …A Neighborhood Resource Center How it works How it works Name combines ACLD and PSF Name combines ACLD and PSF Designed together with architect Designed together with architect Staff from both agencies work together Staff from both agencies work together Coordinate hours of service Coordinate hours of service Work schedules Work schedules Programs Programs Volunteers Volunteers

10 The Library Partnership …A Neighborhood Resource Center How it works How it works ACLD ACLD Full service library Full service library E-government emphasis E-government emphasis PSF PSF Area CBC under contract to DCF Area CBC under contract to DCF Provides child/family services in support of DCF Provides child/family services in support of DCF Coordinates social service agencies that are subcontracted to evaluate, support, and monitor Coordinates social service agencies that are subcontracted to evaluate, support, and monitor

11 The Library Partnership …A Neighborhood Resource Center Why it is needed Why it is needed Highest incidence of child maltreatment Highest incidence of child maltreatment Highest % of total teen births Highest % of total teen births Second highest % of Medicaid births Second highest % of Medicaid births Second highest % without high school diploma Second highest % without high school diploma Third highest % of single parent families Third highest % of single parent families One of most racially diverse areas in Florida One of most racially diverse areas in Florida

12 The Library Partnership …A Neighborhood Resource Center Why it is effective Why it is effective Social service agencies and e-government providers (public library) housed together Social service agencies and e-government providers (public library) housed together Work of social service agencies and library complement each other Work of social service agencies and library complement each other Cost effective and efficient Cost effective and efficient Operational costs shared Operational costs shared Share use of childrens space and meeting room Share use of childrens space and meeting room Agencies provide many programs Agencies provide many programs

13 The Library Partnership …A Neighborhood Resource Center Why it is effective – Library perspective Why it is effective – Library perspective Not for all libraries or community Not for all libraries or community Public library commitment to e-government Public library commitment to e-government Created dialogue between agencies recommending and providing e-government services Created dialogue between agencies recommending and providing e-government services In many cases, libraries designed their approach to e- government without input from providers In many cases, libraries designed their approach to e- government without input from providers Collaboration provides better planning and approaches to meet the clients needs Collaboration provides better planning and approaches to meet the clients needs

14 The Library Partnership …A Neighborhood Resource Center Why it is effective – Library perspective Why it is effective – Library perspective Indirect benefits Indirect benefits Enhances librarys place in the community Enhances librarys place in the community Creates more support for library services by being ingrained in social service network – new advocates Creates more support for library services by being ingrained in social service network – new advocates More opportunities for library to be invited to table More opportunities for library to be invited to table More opportunities for specific collaborations More opportunities for specific collaborations Brings to library persons of all ages who might not otherwise use the library Brings to library persons of all ages who might not otherwise use the library

15 The Library Partnership …A Neighborhood Resource Center Preliminary results Preliminary results Averaging about 5,000 visits a month Averaging about 5,000 visits a month Issued more than 600 new library cards Issued more than 600 new library cards Programs – Averaging monthly co-sponsored with partners Programs – Averaging monthly co-sponsored with partners Some partners making better use of facility, some are not and may drop out Some partners making better use of facility, some are not and may drop out United Way Day of Caring focused on the area United Way Day of Caring focused on the area Discussion of expanding by using Harlem Childrens Zone model Discussion of expanding by using Harlem Childrens Zone model Great enthusiasm – Word of mouth referrals Great enthusiasm – Word of mouth referrals

16 The Library Partnership …A Neighborhood Resource Center NEW BRIGHT IDEAS PROGRAM RECOGNIZES INNOVATIVE GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS Cambridge, Mass., – September 29, 2010 – Today the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, announced 173 government programs selected for its newly-created Bright Ideas program. In its inaugural year, Bright Ideas is designed to recognize and share creative government initiatives around the country with interested public sector, nonprofit, and academic communities.


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