Current Issues

Current Issue(s)


Given the following resources are available to the candidate:

  • Access to information and data sources about federal, state, and local legislation.
  • Access to information on stakeholders including the community and the populations served by the library.
  • Current reports on trends of libraries, technologies, user populations, etc.

The candidate:

  • Identifies social/political/economic/legal issues that may affect the library, the populations it serves, or its services.
  • Develops recommendations based on the issues and stakeholder input.

The criteria to judge the adequacy of the performances are:

  • Data collected are relevant and useful.
  • Recommendations are timely and targeted.
  • Further exploration is conducted on issues of priority to the library.
  • Operational plans and budgets are considered.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identifies major current issues in public library management.
  2. Identifies general political, economic, social and legal trends related to the issues in their public library management context.
  3. Analyzes an issue in depth, incorporating information gleaned from a range of relevant sources. 
  4. Document how the issue could impact strategic planning, services, policies, resource allocation, or collection management as applicable.
  5. Develops and defends recommendations for how the issue might be addressed and resolved in order to match both the particular library and its community context. 

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Revised June 2023