Public Library Toolbox

Print Toolbox Items

The toolbox contains information about the research and sample documents you can customize to communicate to your local community the need for library funding and support, and to show the role libraries play in making technology available to all people.

To enhance the efficacy of these documents, we have left spaces where you can insert data from your custom library report. We also recommend interviewing your own public access computer users and including their stories in key places in the documents.

The following templates and sample documents can be found in the toolbox files:

US IMPACT Study
  • Research overview: Provides an overview of the research on the national level in non-technical terms. To be used as a leave-behind document for local elected officials, potential funders, and community members in participating communities.
  • Sample Op-ed: Can be used to announce library's participation in the research and to communicate local results to the public and others through the media. To be customized with data from your library report. Recommend including quotes from public access computing patrons.
  • Sample letters to the editor: These samples can be tailored for local newspapers to advocate for support of public access technology. Recommend they be sent by a library board member or active patron.
  • Drop-in article: This template for reporting the results of the U.S. IMPACT Studies and findings from your library can be tailored for library newsletters or in-library informational bulletins.
  • PowerPoint presentation: Short presentation for library boards, policy makers, and funders about the value of public access technology.
  • Talking points: Can be used by public leaders in addressing funding agencies, local decision makers, the news media, or community groups to discuss the benefits of public access technology in libraries and the need for support.
  • Technical handout: Provides a brief technical overview of the goals and research methods employed by the U.S. IMPACT Studies for interested parties.
IMPACT Survey
  • "How are we doing?" Patron comment cards: Use these cards at any time to collect ongoing feedback on library technology services.
  • "What did you accomplish?" Patron comment cards: Use these cards at any time to collect quotes from library patrons. We recommend that these be printed and positioned at computer terminals and other key locations.
  • Video creation tips and tricks: A few simple tips for creating your own advocacy videos from one of our very helpful videographers, Ryer Banta.
  • Sample Op-ed: Can be used to announce your library’s participation in the survey program and to communicate your results to the public and others through the media. To be customized with data from your library’s report. Recommend including quotes from your own public access computing patrons.
  • Sample letters to the editor: These samples can be tailored for local newspapers to advocate for support of public access technology. Recommend they be sent by a library board member or active patron.
  • Drop-in article: This template is for reporting your IMPACT Survey results as well as major findings from the U.S. IMPACT Study, and can be tailored for library newsletters or in-library informational bulletins.
  • Talking Points: Can be used by public leaders in addressing funding agencies, local decision makers, the news media, or community groups to discuss the benefits of public access technology in libraries and the need for support.