This report examines these economic benefits, and documents those activities which contribute to economic activities throughout all regions of Texas. Prepared for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Bureau of Business Research IC² Institute, The University of Texas at Austin, December 2012.
The Emerging Story of California Public Libraries is a document designed to help libraries reframe their stories of why they are still relevant in today's highly technological society. This document or story map, commissioned by the State Library was presented at the Annual California Library Association Conference in San Jose California, on Saturday, November 3, 2012 (PDF)
2011-2012 Libraries Connect Communities: Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study
This annual ALA study assesses public access to computers, the Internet, and Internet-related services in U.S. public libraries, and the impact of library funding changes on connectivity, technology deployment, and sustainability. (Entire Study PDF) (Executive Summary PDF)
This publication from American Libraries, provides a nice summary of the entire study, has selected state data, and also key survey data.
2010 Community Assessment
United Way of Salt Lake's findings of its 2010 Community Assessment research. This study provides insight into how our communities have changed in recent years and which social issues are worsening or impacting greater numbers of people.
How Libraries Stack Up: 2010
This report examines the economic, social and cultural impact of libraries in the United States. As the economic environment is impacting library budgets and library usage is increasing, particular attention is paid to the role that libraries play in providing assistance to job-seekers and support for small businesses.
Statistical Abstract of the United States
The 129th edition are more than 1,400 tables of social, political and economic facts which collectively describe the state of the nation and the world.
Topical briefs related to issues affecting communities' access to technology in public libraries. Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study.
The State of America's Libraries Report 2009
ALA report that shows libraries critical in times of crisis while funding lags and services are reduced.
From Awareness to Funding: A study of library support in America (2008)
Findings from OCLC research (funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) exploring attitudes and perceptions about library funding and to evaluate the potential of a large-scale marketing and advocacy campaign to increase public library funding in the U.S.
ALA Advocacy University
Resources, courses and tools to help library advocates make the case at the local level.
Making Cities Stronger: Public Library Contributions to Local Economic Development (2007) (pdf)
This report by the Urban Libraries Council (research by the Urban Institute) highlights ways in which library programming in the areas of early literacy, employment services, and small business development, contribute to local economic development strategies.
Local and State Sources of Funding for Public Libraries: The National Picture (2007) (pdf)
Pennsylvania Library Association, Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries, RPA Inc.
Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources (2005)
This OCLC report summarizes findings of an international study on information-seeking habits and preferences.
Return on Investment Study (2005)
Publications measuring taxpayer return on investment in Florida's libraries from the State Library & Archives of Florida.
Environmental Scan: Pattern Recognition (2003)
The 2003 OCLC Environmental Scan: Pattern Recognition report was produced for OCLC's worldwide membership to examine the significant issues and trends impacting OCLC, libraries, museums, archives and other allied organizations, both now and in the future. The scan provides a high-level view of the information landscape, intended both to inform and stimulate discussion about future strategic directions.
Libraries: How They Stack Up (2003)
Libraries: How They Stack Up, released in 2003, provides a snapshot of the economic impact of libraries worldwide. The report contains some interesting comparisons of library economics and activities to other sectors, professions and destinations in the global economy.
Measuring Rurality: New Definitions in 2003
United States Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) 2003 metropolitan/nonmetropolitan classification system.
Counting on Results: New Tools for Outcome-Based Evaluation of Public Libraries (2001)
by Keith Curry Lance, Nicolle O. Steffen, Rochelle Logan, Marcia J. Rodney, and Suzanne Kaller. This study was a nationwide examination of the impact of public library services on individual patrons.
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