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....

CFLA-Celebrate Book Bike Week with ABOS

The Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS) is currently seeking submissions for Book Bike Week, our weeklong celebration of everything with pedals and pages. If your Library has a Book Bike (or trike, or unicycle) used for library outreach, we want to see it! Submit a photo by July 26 to be featured during Book Bike Week, August 2-6, 2021, across ABOS social media. Submit here: https://forms.gle/D3YT6uF8xaMeJtVb9 ABOS is an ALA affiliate organization dedicated to library outreach of all kinds. Learn more and join us at abos-outreach.com! Follow us on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abosoutreach Twitter: https://twitter.com/ABOS_Outreach Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/abos.outreach/ Thank you and happy trails, Your friends at...

CFLA-FCAB Communique-Library & Archives Canada Price McIntosh Bursary

Library and Archives Canada launches the Price McIntosh Bursary to support diversity in Canada’s libraries and archives Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is excited to announce the launch of its new Price McIntosh bursary, which was made possible by the generous support of the Price McIntosh family. This funding opportunity provides financial support to Indigenous persons (First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation), persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities who wish to pursue studies in fields related to libraries and archives. LAC will award up to $10,000 per funding cycle: $5,000 per selected student registered in full-time studies and $2,500 per selected student registered in part-time studies at Canadian colleges or universities for the 2021–2022 academic year, in a program that leads to a career in libraries or archives. All eligible students are invited to submit their applications for the 2021–2022 academic year by October 15, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time). Guidelines, eligibility criteria and the application form are available on the Price McIntosh Bursary<https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/about-us/price-mcintosh-bursary/Pages/price-mcintosh-bursary.aspx> web page. For any questions, or to request alternative formats, applicants may contact LAC: Phone: 819-997-0893 (or toll-free at 1-844-757-8035) TTY: 613-992-6969 (or toll-free at 1-866-299-1699) Email: bourse-bursary@bac-lac.gc.ca<mailto:bourse-bursary@bac-lac.gc.ca> Website:https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/about-us/price-mcintosh-bursary/Pages/price-mcintosh-bursary.aspx  ...