The Texas State Library and Archives Commission produced a study of the economic impact of public libraries in Texas using data from the 2015 fiscal year. This study was lead by Dr. James Jarrett, Senior Research Scientist of the Bureau of Business Research, IC² Institute, The University of Texas at Austin. The economic modeling was performed by Brian Lewandowski, Associate Director of the Business Research Division, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder.
The short version is that Texas communities gain an average of $4.64 in benefits for every $1.00 invested in their public library. The full text of the press release is at
https://www.tsl.texas.gov/news/2017/roi2017. A video announcement may be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/tslac/videos/1301309966558685.
From OCLC:OCLC’s newest membership report
, Perceptions of Libraries, 2010: Context and Community, a sequel to the 2005 Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources, is now available for print ordering and free download.
, a follow-up to the 2005 Perceptions of Libraries, 2010: Context and Community , provides updated information and new insights into information consumers and their online information habits, preferences and perceptions. Particular attention was paid to how the current economic downturn has affected information-seeking behaviors and how those changes are reflected in the use and perception of libraries. Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources
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so many e-book articles today! Will Your Local Library Len E-Books? (Or Can They?) NYTimes article:
Digital Underclass: What Happens When the Libraries Die?
NPR muses whether
libraries are the next big pop culture wave after cupcakes. So besides being vital to communities, we’re hip as well! Here’s the Old Spice parody (a huge hit on YouTube) to which Linda Holmes refers. Enjoy –