Dr. Miriam Drake is writing a book on the value of public information and is looking for examples of the value of public information for our patrons.  Please see below for a more in-depth explanation of the book. 

The book will be published by Information Today and will include chapters written by Dr. Drake and other contributors.  The book also will include some material from not-for-profit organizations, such as the Digital Public Library of America, museums and an historical society.

If you feel that you would like to contribute to this effort, please submit your materials directly to Dr. Drake at [log in to unmask] I have also attached a bio of Dr. Drake for your information. She has a long and illustrious career as a library professional.

Public Information:  Benefits and Value
Miriam (Mimi) A. Drake
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	Public Information creates value for society and benefits for individuals and organizations.  Documenting and communicating specific benefits relating how individuals use internet public resources are more effective than presenting the usual generalizations. The objective of this book is to document individual benefits of online public information developed by government agencies. For example, student my learn how to do an experiment from NASA produced information or a business person may find needed data to solve a problem on a Commerce database.  Funders and others relate more easily to stories about people then abstract notions of value.
	Ideally, experts from government agencies will contribute short articles and/or stories about specific benefits. The stories may be generated from phone calls, in person conversation, email or snail mail.  Contributions should contain descriptions of the agency's information offerings to the public. Any stories or write-ups you can provide will be greatly appreciated.