I caught this Village Voice blog article by Sam Levin (written on February 21, 2012) as it came across the ALA Twitter feed this week. The article does a great job of articulating how political support for libraries can be achieved if libraries are able to align their missions with the current needs of their wider community. In this instance the need for job and career search assistance is vital so libraries are playing a key role in this venture. The article does a good job explaining the partnership between the library system and NYC’s workforce career centers, partnership which NYC Mayor Bloomberg launched. Last year the partnership helped NYC residents land 35,000 jobs.
I am placing a link to the article below.