An Economic Valuation Study of Public Libraries in Korea
|Title||An Economic Valuation Study of Public Libraries in Korea|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2012|
|Authors||Ko, YM, Shim, W, Pyo, S-H, Chang, JS|
|Journal||Library and Information Science Research|
The economic value of public libraries for local residents in Korea was measured. An economic-value measurement model that enables the estimation of diverse types of public library services was designed, using a conditional-value measurement method. Benefits were taken as the value of the main services provided by public libraries, such as accessibility to informational materials, facilities, and programs. Costs included the total amount of expenses at libraries such as personnel expenses, materials purchasing expenses, and other operational costs. data were collected from 1220 users from 22 public libraries in the province of Seoul/Gyeonggi-do and the other seven Korean provinces. The return on investment (ROI) was calculated to be 3.66.