March 17, 2018

Wadsworth PL Passes $600k Levy with Help of Market Analytics

Data-driven voter outreach has become a crucial component of modern political campaigns, and Wadsworth Public Library (WPL) recently illustrated that the analytics tools that underpin those efforts can also help libraries get-out-the-vote.

Three Cheers for Multnomah | Editorial

The most significant election news on November 6 happened in Multnomah County, Portland, OR. After a nearly 30-year struggle, the voters in Multnomah County decided by an overwhelming margin to create a permanent library district starting July 1, 2013.

I know library budget news can sometimes make eyes glaze; it often seems like the same story in a different place with different (shrinking) numbers.

Multnomah Levy Wins in Landslide

Voters overwhelmingly approved a renewed levy for Oregon’s Multnomah County Library on May 15. Support for the measure ran a whopping 82 to 18 percent, according to The Oregonian. “We didn’t expect this kind of a margin,” The Portland Tribune quoted Brian Wilson, chairman of the Libraries Yes Campaign, as saying. “We thought it would […]

Update: Seattle Council Approves Putting Library Levy to a Vote

This article has been updated to include the results of the council vote. On April 9 the Seattle City Council unanimously approved placing  a property-tax levy on the August primary ballot on behalf of the Seattle Public Library, according to the Seattle Times. The Council held a hearing on April 3 to hear testimony on the […]