The economic and job creation benefits of Ontario public libraries

TitleThe economic and job creation benefits of Ontario public libraries
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsSawyer, R
JournalThe Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances
Pagination14 - 26
Date Published1996///
ISBN Number0888-045X
AbstractDescribes economic benefits of Ontario public libraries. These benefits include services and information for businesses, lifelong learners and job seekers. Ontario public libraries create work including short-term construction work and longer-term information infrastructure work. Provides job multiplier models for library building capital and information infrastructure capital with examples. Ontario public libraries have a direct and indirect impact on the Ontario economy, measured in terms of gross domestic product (GDP). Suggests a framework to help public libraries promote their economic impact in a time of economic restraint and funding cutbacks. This framework includes an analysis of library jobs, direct and indirect library impact on the GDP, a promotion of public electronic access to information, generation of economic-oriented patron anecdotes, economic impact surveys and development of an entrepreneurial spirit in public libraries.