Nominations Open for the W.K. Lamb Award

Ex-Libris and CFLA-FCAB are now accepting nominations for the W.K. Lamp award. This award recognizes a library that has developed an ongoing service, program or procedure of benefit to seniors and/or a design and organization of buildings or facilities that improve access and encourage use by seniors.   Please refer to the CFLA website for more information on the nomination...

2019 FOPL Data Report Seminar

FOPL will be hosting a seminar in September to discuss the 2019 FOPL Data Report.  The seminar will provide an introduction the Data Report with the accompanying dataset and its potential uses for advocacy in your library systems. There will also be a discussion to inform the 2020 Data Report and solicit suggestions for its preparation.   For more information and registration, please visit the Eventbrite page:  ...

Great news from CFLA!

Please read the CFLA’s statement regarding the Supreme Court of Canada’s unanimous decision in the York University v. Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency (Access Copyright) case, upholding that the tariffs offered by Access Copyright are not mandatory for non-licensees. Access Copyright cannot sue for infringement on this case.  A major win for libraries!...

The Returns to Public Library Investment

An interesting article for your consideration. Great for advocacy purposes! Abstract Local governments spend over 12 billion dollars annually funding the operation of 15,000 public libraries in the United States. This funding supports widespread library use: more than 50% of Americans visit public libraries each year. But despite extensive public investment in libraries, surprisingly little research quantifies the effects of public libraries on communities and children. We use data on the near-universe of U.S. public libraries to study the effects of capital spending shocks on library resources, patron usage, student achievement, and local housing prices. We use a dynamic difference-in-difference approach to show that library capital investment increases children’s attendance at library events by 18%, children’s checkouts of items by 21%, and total library visits by 21%. Increases in library use translate into improved children’s test scores in nearby school districts: a $1,000 or greater per-student capital investment in local public libraries increases reading test scores by 0.02 standard deviations and has no effects on math test scores. Housing prices do not change after a sharp increase in public library capital investment, suggesting that residents internalize the increased cost and improved quality of their public libraries....

FOPL Website Updated

The Website and Social Media Project Team is happy to provide an updated FOPL website to our members. Please visit the page and let us know what you think. If there is content you would like to see on this page, please send an email to our ED, and the Project Team will work to fill the...