Palm Beach County Library System is Innovative and Providing Services that are worth Showcasing
Two Palm Beach County Library System (PBCLS) programs were recognized by Urban Libraries Council’s (ULC) in its annual Innovation Initiative which features public libraries that inspire innovations and creativity in their programs and services in the communities they serve. More than 180 stories of innovation were submitted in 2014 the PBCLS programs are included in the Resource Center for its Civic and Community Engagement, as well as its Health, Wellness and Public Safety.
The CreationStation was recognized as an innovation that created opportunities for community engagement and enhancing civic life. The digital media lab and recording studio is a place where you can learn to engage in a digital world and to effectively share your work with the community. Since the opening, the CreationStation has had steady use, 80% from the public and 20% from the library staff. There is also a website that hosts locally produced content.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) Outreach Initiative provided an excellent opportunity to offer the public convenient access to marketplace enrollment, applications and educational information. ACA educational programming for the public began in September 2013. Prior to the deadline of Jan 01, 2014, 265 people were enrolled due to the efforts of Consumer Health Information Service librarians and their partners. They continued their outreach through the April 2014 extended deadline, and an additional 309 people were assisted at the Library enrollment events.