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Welcoming : Energizing Community

posted: , by Sonya Durney
tags: Adults | Seniors | Government

On December 4th, Portland Public Library’s Choose Civility Initiative hosted a public forum on the topic of Welcoming : Energizing Community. Organized as a World Cafe conversation, facilitators from Institute for Civic Leadership walked the almost 50 participants through three sets of questions, with the purpose of helping to share many perspectives while deepening the conversation.

The three questions asked:

1) On a scale of 1-10, how welcoming do you find Portland and why?

2) How does your rating shape your community engagement?

3) If we envision a Most Welcoming city, what might we highlight and what might we change?

If you have answers to these questions, please leave comment below or send them to simmons@portland.lib.me.us

Themes from the break-out session are inspiring and encourage more conversations about how we move to action!

People seek more opportunities to connect with others… and especially strangers who might share a new way of thinking about the common good. Participants agreed that Portland offers significant opportunities to be among people but deeper interactions can feel awkward or discouraged.

Welcoming is an active practice… a truly welcoming community does more than invite people to the table, it encourages a cultural literacy among all members of the community, institutionalizes best practices for encouraging the greatest level of public participation and
enhances shared public space where interaction is normal, easy, supported and encouraged.

A shared vision for a common good needs to be articulated… we likely share more in common than we might realize, but many experience incivility as an effort to separate us and emphasize our differences.

Civility in the Political Process is Important… Our political discourse should be friendly, welcoming and respectful of dissent and agreement.

Choose Civility Portland aims to build momentum on these suggestions by hosting public conversations on important community topics, skill building workshops for engaging in Democracy, and by maintaining and amplifying our commitment to the Library as a space where interaction and integration occur.

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Check back frequently for program updates!

 


We Now have ‘OverDrive Adantage’!

posted: , by Jim Charette
tags: Adults | Business | News

toutAdvantage    Patrons with Portland Public Library cards can now access additional ebooks and eaudio.

When you log onto Maine Infonet download library with your PPL card,  look for titles with that yellow checkmark; that means that we purchased titles only available if you have one of our cards!


ReferenceUSA Webinars

posted: , by Sonya Durney
tags: Adults | Business | Careers & Jobs

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With your PPL card you can access ReferenceUSA at the Library or from home! Using this resource you can look up directory information on businesses or residences across the country.  Narrow a search by criteria such as number of employees and sales.  To access this robust business tool visit PPL’s Business Research page and click on ‘online tools.’

The folks at ReferenceUSA have kindly put together the following series of free webinars!

To register for any of the session dates, follow the link, select a time zone and complete form; 
you will then receive meeting coordinates and confirmation 

ReferenceUSA Search Essentials
Fridays (January, February, March) Time: 12:00 PM  (1 hour)

Designed for anyone new to ReferenceUSA, this hour-long session will cover all the basics of getting started with ReferenceUSA. They will cover the Four Essentials anyone will want to know in order to be successful using the resource.
This is also a great opportunity for current users to learn some new tips, tricks and techniques.

REGISTER: ReferenceUSA Search Essentials

 

Uncovering the Hidden Job Market: Career Search Strategies using ReferenceUSA
Wednesdays (January, February, March) Time: 3:00 PM (1 Hour)

Attendees will learn how to use ReferenceUSA as part of their Career Searching Strategy. Included will be information on the importance of having accurate information for applications and resumes, creating engaging cover letters, assembling a network of references and referrers, finding key persons at a business to act as mentors, building datasets of potential employers based on skill set, work history and preferences as well as how to prepare for interviews and interactions through thorough research.

REGISTER : Uncover the Hidden Job Market

 

Start, Manage & Grow! Your Business using ReferenceUSA 

Mondays (January, February, March) Time: 3:00 PM  (1 Hour)

Entrepreneurs and business owners will learn how to use ReferenceUSA to find the mission critical information necessary to start, manage and grow a business.

Topics include:

• name Search for Business
• locate hard to find vendors, both locally and nationally
• locate subject manager experts and professional services
• find investors, venture capitalists and angels
• network with other businesses in your area or in your industry
• develop relationships with related business for co-branding opportunities
• understand community demographics
• survey locations for expansion
• conduct competitive analysis
• plan delivery routes and service areas
• source new employees
REGISTER: Start, Manage & Grow! Your Business using ReferenceUSA

 

 ReferenceUSA Consumer & Lifestyle Data
Tuesdays (January, February, March)  3:00 PM  (1 hour)

Ever wonder how marketers and advertisers ‘target’ specific messages to you? Find out how you access the same type of data for your neighborhood or city.

Anyone who is interested in understanding the purchase preferences of a community will find this data both interesting and informative.

Learn how to navigate this section of ReferenceUSA and then apply the data to your needs.

REGISTER: ReferenceUSA Consumer & Lifestyle Data

 

ReferenceUSA Big Data
Tuesdays (January, February, March)  3:00 PM (1 hour)

Data Visualization is the next BIG thing in data. Going beyond static lists of information,  ReferenceUSA can help you ‘visualize’ data elements on a map.

Great for understanding how locations relate to each other or seeing densities within a specific  area, the ReferenceUSA mapping tools give you a new and powerful way to better understand  the landscape.

Learn how to build a map to display results and how to manipulate the mapping tools to your advantage.

REGISTER: ReferenceUSA Big Data

 

ReferenceUSA Historical Data
Tuesdays (January, February, March)  Time: 3:00 PM (1 hour)

One of the essential requirements for planning for the future is to understand the past.

ReferenceUSA has been compiling Business and Consumer data for many years and this data  has been available in file format for advanced research projects.

In response to the increased interest in accessing historical business information, ReferenceUSA  has developed an innovative online tool for librarians, research professionals and library patrons  to connect to powerful information that presents a vivid picture of what the business landscape  looked like in a given area at a given point in time.

REGISTER: ReferenceUSA Historical Data

For more information or for help using ReferenceUSA contact:

Sonya Durney, Business & Government Team Leader   durney@portland.lib.me.us

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