It’s National Library Week! Here are some websites/articles regarding the awesomeness of libraries:

And my favorite…

  • ALA REPORT: The State of America’s Libraries 2011
    • http://ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/mediapresscenter/americaslibraries2011/index.cfm
    • Some highlights, based on a telephone survey with 1,012 adults (January 2011):
      • The library-use figures that emerged from the poll were up several percentage points from a year earlier, testament both to Americans’ entrepreneurial spirit and libraries’ role in nourishing that spirit.
      • Sixty-five percent of those polled said they had visited the library in the past year.
      • College graduates and those with a household income of more than $100,000 were also well represented among card holders, according to the survey
      • Americans value the democratic nature of libraries as places that level the playing field for all Americans in the provision of materials free of charge.
      • Thirty-one percent of adults –– and 38 percent of senior citizens –– rank the library at the top of their list of tax-supported services.
      • The library’s most highly valued services pertain to the provision of free information and programs that promote education and lifelong learning.
      • Almost all Americans (93 percent) believe that it is important that library services are free.
  • The whole report is fascinating, inspiring, and disheartening (budget cuts… sigh). If you have time, read it all. If not, at least read the executive summary.
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