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November 12, 2019 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Public Libraries as Community Leaders Creating Social Capital

Chris Cyr writes on OCLC’s Next blog, “Libraries don’t provide food, water, electricity, or medical services. … Why, then, [do] people so quickly turn to libraries after a disaster? Because of social capital.” Although “we don’t understand all the mechanics of how these bridges within a community are built, we do know that they’re an incredibly powerful part of why people value public libraries.”

Cyr continues, “Libraries are one of the most tangible manifestations of civic engagement, a place that represents a social and community investment in learning and shared culture. In the past decade, there has been an increase in research on how libraries contribute to social capital in their communities. In particular, libraries create social capital through a mechanism known as bridging. This is when people in different subgroups within a community are brought together.”

For more information and suggestions for what libraries can do next, read the blog post.

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