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TPL Sources for their Public Library Economic Impact Study

I thought folks might find the sources used for the Toronto Public Library economic impact study released in the last few weeks handy:

You can find the study here (66 page PDF):

Rotman Study

So Much More: The Economic Impact of the Toronto Public Library on the City of Toronto
Halbur, T. (2011, September 20). Public Libraries are Natural Town Squares. Planetizen: The Urban Planning, Design, and Development Network. Retrieved from:
Johnson, C. A. (2010). Do public libraries contribute to social capital?: A preliminary investigation
 into the relationship. Library & Information Science Research, 32(2), 147–155.
Ko, Y. M. (2012). An economic valuation study of public libraries in Korea. Library & Information
Science Research, 34(2). Retrieved from:
Kretzmann, J. (2005, December). The Engaged Library: Chicago Stories of Community Building.
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Leckie, G. J., & Hopkins, J. (2002). The Public Place of Central Libraries: Findings from Toronto
and Vancouver. Library Quarterly, 72 (3), 326–72. Retrieved from:
Library Board of Queensland (2012). The Library Dividend Summary Report: A guide to the socio-
economic value of Queensland’s public libraries. State Library of Queensland. Retrieved from:
McClure, C. R., Fraser, B. T., Nelson, T. W., & Robbins, J. B. (2001). Economic Benefits and Impacts
from Public Libraries in the State of Florida. Final Report.Retrieved from:
Missingham, R. (2005). Libraries and economic value: a review of recent studies. Performance Measurement and Metrics,6 (3), 142–158. doi:10.1108/14678040510636711
Morris, A., Sumsion, J., & Hawkins, M. (2002). Economic Value of Public Libraries in the UK. Libri, 52 (2), 78–87. doi:10.1515/LIBR.2002.78
Newman, R. (2012). Economic Impact of Libraries in New York City. New York, NY. Retrieved from:
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Ontario Libraries and Community Information Branch. (1995). The Economic and Job Creation Benefits of Ontario Public and First Nations Libraries. Ontario Libraries and Community Information Branch.
PEW Charitable Trusts (2012) The Library in the City: Changing Demands and a Challenging Future. Retrieved from:
Poll, R. (2012). Can we quantify the library’s influence? Creating an ISO standard for impact assessment. Performance Measurement and Metrics, 13 (2), 121–130. doi:10.1108/14678041211241332
Rao, G. C. (2012). The Great Equalizer: The Case For Investing In the Toronto Public Library (p. 42). Toronto: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Retrieved from:
Saskatchewan Learning Provincial Library. (2005). Public Libraries: Contributing to the Economic, Social Well-Being and Lifelong Learning of Saskatchewan People. Retrieved from:
The following articles and reports have been reviewed in preparation for the research on the

So Much More: The Economic Impact of Toronto Public Library System on the City of Toronto. Aabø, S. (2005a).
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Aabø, S. (2005b). Valuing the benefits of public libraries. Information Economics and Policy, 17 (2), 175–198. doi:10.1016/j.infoecopol.2004.05.003
Americans for the Arts. (2012). Arts & Economic Prosperity IV: Economic Impact of the Nonprofit
Arts & Culture Industry. Washington, DC: Americans for the Arts.
Americans for Libraries Council (2007). Worth their Weight: An Assessment of the Evolving Field of Library Valuation. Retrieved from:
Barron, D. (2005). The Economic impact of public libraries on South Carolina. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, College of Mass Communications and Information Studies, School of Library and Information Science. Retrieved from:
Berk and Associates. (2005). The Seattle Public Library central library: economic benefits assessment: the transformative power of a library to redefine learning, community, and economic development. Seattle, Washington: The Firm. Retrieved from:
Bertot, J. C., McClure, C. R., & Jaeger, P. T. (2008). The Impacts of Free Public Internet Access on Public Library Patrons and Communities. The Library Quarterly, 78 (3), 285–301.
Bundy, A. (2003). Best investment: the modern public library as social capital. Presented at the AGM of Friends of Libraries Australia, Altona, Victoria. Retrieved from:
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Elliott, D. S. (2007). Measuring Your Library’s Value: How to Do a Cost-Benefit Analysis for Your Public Library. American Library Association.
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Fraser, B. T., Nelson, T. W., & McClure, C. R. (2002). Describing the Economic Impacts and Benefits of Florida Public Libraries: Findings and Methodological Applications for Future Work. Library & Information Science Research, 24
(3), 211–33.
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Dollars, Sense and Public Libraries: The landmark study of the socio-economic value of Victorian public libraries. Melbourne, Australia: State Library of Victoria. Retrieved from:
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Return on Investment. Austin, Texas: Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Retrieved from:
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