Building Burlington’s Prosperity: The Economic Impact of Burlington Public Library

Burlington Public Library recently published the results of it’s economic impact study. Here are the top-line results: In 2015, Burlington Public Library created over $57 million in total economic impact to the City of Burlington. That’s a solid return on investment of 464 per cent. The findings show that Burlington Public Library clearly contributes to the quality of life of Canada’s #1 ranked medium-sized city. In 2015, you gave… Burlington residents invested $57.20 in per capita tax support towards the Library’s annual operating budget. In 2015, you got… For every tax dollar invested in the Library by the City in 2015, the community received $5.64 of economic impact. That’s an economic value of $308 for every resident and $1,057 for every household. Add to this all the money you’re not having to spend on bestselling books, blockbuster movies, and popular magazines, that you can spend in other ways. Access: Building Burlington’s Prosperity: The Economic Impact of Burlington Public...

Creating a Culture of Evaluation: Taking your Library from Talk to Action, edited by Kimberly Silk and Bill Irwin

Coming in February 2017, a book about library evaluation: Creating a Culture of Evaluation: Taking your Library from Talk to Action, edited by Kimberly Silk and Bill Irwin Creating a Culture of Evaluation: Taking your Library from Talk to Action, edited by Kimberly Silk and Bill Irwin, with contributions from Stephen Abram, Anita Brooks Kirkland, Lou D’Alton, Moe Hosseini-Ara & Rebecca Jones, Jan Klakurka & Candice Chow, Shaun McDonough and Alexandra Yarrow. Foreward by Guy Berthiaume. Published by OLA and available for pre-orders at the OLA Bookstore during Super Conference. Come check it out!...

ALA 2017 Midwinter FOPL Slides

As executive director of FOPL, I was asked to present our progress on our strategic plan at the ALA Midwinter Conference in Atlanta. Here are the slides: Ala fopl project from Stephen...