Here’s a Motorola ad from 2003 extolling the future of news in 2007.
Here’s a Motorola ad from 2003 extolling the future of news in 2007.
Useful for teaching information fluency and credulity…
Where are the readers in this discussion? Yes, scientists should do high-quality work and journalists should report it responsibly, but readers should be discerning and thoughtful information consumers. They can’t expect science writing to provide simple answers to complex questions; in fact, they should be skeptical of any piece that claims to do so.”
Toronto Public Library has released So Much More: The Economic Impact of the Toronto Public Library System on the City of Toronto. Conducted by the Martin Prosperity Institute, this is the first study of its kind in Canada. Results clearly demonstrate that Toronto Public Library delivers a strong return on investment through the delivery of library services that enhance Toronto’s competitiveness and prosperity and contribute to a better quality of life for all.
Key findings include:
In response, at 5pm the Toronto Public Library distributed their own release (http://www.newswire.ca/en/
“Torontonians Receive $5.63 of value for every dollar invested in Toronto Public Library
First-of-its-kind Canadian study illustrates library’s economic impact on Toronto
TORONTO, Dec. 5, 2013 /CNW/ – Toronto Public Library recently commissioned the Martin Prosperity Institute, part of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, to conduct the first Canadian study to measure the library’s economic impact on Toronto. Results clearly demonstrate that Toronto Public Library delivers a strong return on investment through the delivery of library services that enhance Toronto’s competitiveness and prosperity and contribute to a better quality of life for all.
The report is entitled So Much More: The Economic Impact of the Toronto Public Library System on the City of Toronto. Key findings include:
“For the first time, we can demonstrate the library’s economic impact on our city, in addition to the powerful impact on individuals and communities that isn’t as easily quantifiable,” said Paul Ainslie, Chair of the Toronto Public Library Board. “We think Toronto residents will be very interested to hear that for every dollar invested in the library they receive almost six times the value. A dollar invested in the library has a significant return for the city.”
The Toronto Public Library Board, as well as City Council, requested this study to measure the return on investment for public library service and the value provided to Toronto residents. The study was funded by the Toronto Public Library Foundation, thanks to a generous donation from TD Bank Group and a contribution from the Estate of Norman G. Hinton.
“The prospect of looking at the economic impact of the Toronto Public Library offered the MPI an exciting challenge. We knew that being the first in Canada to bring a carefully documented and objective evaluation of economic impact and benefits would be an important step,” said Kevin Stolarick, Research Director, The Martin Prosperity Institute, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management. ”We are encouraged that even the lowest, most conservative estimates show significant benefits for Toronto.”
Measuring the value of programs and services in economic terms only tells part of the story. The report also includes analysis of some Toronto Public Library programs and services that make a difference to the city, going beyond the numbers. These services are not easily quantifiable, but create significant value for residents, including opportunities to improve literacy skills, engage in lifelong learning and enhance educational and employment opportunities. These outcomes deliver a lifetime of value to residents and increase the economic competitiveness and prosperity of Toronto.
The study methodology quantified the total economic impact and return on investment of Toronto Public Library services based on analysis of direct tangible benefits, direct spending and indirect tangible benefits. Full study methodology is available in the report.
About Toronto Public Library
Toronto Public Library is one of the world’s busiest urban public library systems. Every year, 19 million people visit our branches in neighbourhoods across the city and borrow 32 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit our website at torontopubliclibrary.ca or call Answerline at 416-393-7131. To get the most current updates on what’s happening at the library, follow us on Twitter @torontolibrary.
About Martin Prosperity Institute
The Lloyd & Delphine Martin Prosperity Institute is the world’s leading think-tank on the role of sub-national factors – location, place and city-regions – in global economic prosperity. It takes an integrated view of prosperity, looking beyond economic measures to include the importance of quality of place and the development of people’s creative potential.
SOURCE Toronto Public Library
Image with caption: “Toronto Public Library creates over $1 billion in total economic impact (CNW Group/Toronto Public Library)”. Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131205_C8271_PHOTO_EN_34603.jpg
Image with caption: “Total direct benefit as much as $500 per member (CNW Group/Toronto Public Library)”. Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131205_C8271_PHOTO_EN_34604.jpg
Image with caption: “The average open hour at a branch generates $2,515 in direct benefits (CNW Group/Toronto Public Library)”. Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131205_C8271_PHOTO_EN_34605.jpg
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A big slide deck from the great Phil Bradley that he uses to teach web searching. Good ideas and links here.
Advanced Internet Searching: Winter 2013
GARTNER’s Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2013pic.twitter.com/2msrv7pegW
I had the privilege of doing a webinar for EOS Systems users. Here are the slides:
Effectively Communicating the Library Technology Plan
A one-page infographic outlining how libraries can contribute to social and economic development.
Seven Uses of the e-Mail Signature
I still remain worried about the horrible signatures I see where it’s a pained task to contact the sender other by e-mail. Some stuff should just be a telephone call or snailmail shipment!
Some data for one of libraries’ core missions to bridge divides and create equity of access:
Poverty in the United States: 2012 (PDF)
Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists)
In 2012, 46.5 million people were counted as poor in the United States—the number, statistically unchanged over the past three years, is the largest recorded in the measure’s 54-year history. The poverty rate, or percent of the population considered poor under the official definition, was reported at 15.0% in 2012, a level statistically unchanged from the two previous years. The 2012 poverty rate of 15.0% is well above its most recent pre-recession low of 12.3% (2006) and remains at a level not last seen since 1993. Poverty in the United States increased markedly from 2007 through 2010, in tandem with the economic recession (officially marked as running from December 2007 to June 2009). Little if any improvement in the level of “official” U.S. poverty has been seen since the recession’s official end, with the poverty rate remaining at about 15% for the past three years. Some analysts expect U.S. poverty to remain above pre-recession levels through much, if not most, of the remainder of the decade, given the slow pace of economic recovery. The pre-recession poverty rate of 12.3% in 2006 was well above the 2000 rate of 11.3%, which marked an historical low (a rate statistically tied with the previous historical low of 11.1% in 1973).
The incidence of poverty varies widely across the population according to age, education, labor force attachment, family living arrangements, and area of residence, among other factors. Under the official poverty definition, an average family of four was considered poor in 2012 if its pretax cash income for the year was below $23,492.”