This week I’ll be posting my personal set of links to research studies about the value of libraries. I collect these links and studies since I think they’re so important and we must all be armed in the defence and promotion of libraries and our value to society. Today, it seems we need more ammunition than ever. I am not saying that data and research is enough. Stories matter too. More on that later.
Today, these are my links for public library value studies. I have checked the links but they are notoriously unreliable (it is the web!) so just report dead links in the comments and I’ll do my best librarian stuff to find them again. If you know of more, then just tell me and I’ll add them to the list!
The Value of Public Libraries
Selected (mostly free) Web References
Dividends: The Value of Public Libraries in Canada
OCLC Community Advocacy and Awareness Site
Libraries: How They Stack Up 2003 (OCLC)
How Libraries Stack Up: 2010 (OCLC)
The Public Library: A National Survey
Placing a Value on Public Library Services
Public Library Benefits Valuation Study Methodology and Key Findings
The Role of Public Libraries in Local Economic Development
Enhancing Economic Development through Libraries
National Arts and Economic Prosperity Impact Study: Executive Summary
Arts and Economic Prosperity
Library and Information Center Management, Seventh Edition
Making Book: Gambling on the future of our libraries (Kansas City)
South Carolina Public Library Impact Study
Taxpayer Return on Investment in Florida Public Libraries
St. Louis Public Library: Placing a Value on Public Library Services
Impacts of the Pennsylvania Nonprofit Sector
The Value of Public Libraries (IFLA)
One Dollar In, More than Three Out!: New Study Asserts the Economic Value of the San Francisco Public Library System
The Condition of Libraries: 1999-2010 (ALA)
The full report is available at http://www.ala.org/ala/research/initiatives/Condition_of_Libraries_1999.20.pdf.
Individual reports by type of library are available at
Economic Value of Public Libraries in the UK
Library Value Calculator(s) – SAMPLES:
New York: http://www.nyla.org/index.php?section=valuecalc
New Hampshire: http://www.nhlibrarians.org/calculator.html
I hope you find these useful. Please reblog, (re)tweet and post as much as you want.