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ALA, PLA, and OCLC Introduce Report on Public Libraries
The ALA Office for Library Advocacy (OLA), the Public Library Association (PLA), and OCLC released a joint report, “From Awareness to Funding: Voter Perceptions and Support of Public Libraries in 2018.” This update of OCLC’s 2008 study on topics such as voter perceptions, attitudes toward libraries, and library funding shows the following (among other findings):
- a majority of U.S. voters believe public libraries are essential to communities and a source of civic pride;
- voters still highly value traditional library services such as free access to books and quiet areas, but also increasingly value the library as a community hub.
- a majority of voters still do not realize that the primary source of library funding is local.
“Just as a decade ago, this new data offers critical insights that will inform strategic planning at the local, state and national levels for years to come,” says Pam Sandlian Smith, PLA’s president. “I hope [the report] will serve as a catalyst for important conversations and creative engagement across the public library community.”
For more information, read the press release.
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