NORDIK’s Valuing Northern Libraries Toolkit was co-warded Project of the Year at Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre’s SSMARt Innovation Awards on November 21st
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The toolkit provides a new and innovate way for libraries to measure their impact and affirm their value as contributors to the culture, wellness, and economy of every community across the North. It provides a method for small, rural, Northern and Indigenous libraries to assess their Social Return on Investment based on data they current gather, ensuring each library can complete the study independently.
NORDIK developed this toolkit in partnership with Ontario Library Services North (OLSN) and five pilot public libraries across Northern Ontario.
The project demonstrates the reach and impact of NORDIK and Algoma University’s contributions to capacity building and community development throughout Northern Ontario.