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Tuesday, 31st August 2010

Newsweek: Closing the Books? (Public Library Funding)

Libraries across the U.S. are facing funding crises as they become the latest victims of the recession.

We've heard just about all of this before but we will add this article for our record.

From the Article:

A study by the Institute of Museum and Library Services released in June found a 20 percent increase in library use over the last decade. And because libraries are often the only source, or one of a very few, for free Internet access and job counseling, the trend is only increasing during the recession, the ALA says. Anecdotal evidence suggests greater numbers of job seekers using library computers to look for jobs, write résumés, and seek advice. There’s also research that suggests that libraries contribute significantly to the prosperity of their communities, offering up to 800 percent return on investment for taxpayer dollars in job creation, productivity, and personal incomes

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See Also: From an ALA Summary

...libraries have expanded available technology resources and public demand has climbed, budget declines are leading libraries to close their doors more often and reduce the number of staff available to assist library patrons.


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