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Value of Florida Public Libraries

In the study of Florida public libraries, a total of 17 public libraries were analyzed to assess the benefits to adult users who were 18 years of age or older; this study also considered the economic impact on these users....The analysis showed that approximately $6.40 of the total value per $1 of the budget was created.

South Carolina Public Library Economic Influence

The research results showed that the South Carolina State Library was evaluated to contribute to the state economy with $2.86 of value per$1 investment. The indirect economic influence that was caused by the expenses spent at the library (e.g. salaries, supply of goods, and materials) was $1.62.

The Value of Public Libraries

At the Birmingham Public Library, the value ranges from $1.30 to $2.70 per $1 of library fees. The Phoenix Public Library results showed a value of  $10 or greater per $1.

Schools that invest more in library-related resources perform better

The conclusion to be drawn is that, within the present sample, students in schools that invest more of their per-pupil expenditure in library-related resources tend to perform better on standardized tests at several grade levels.

Library use differs between successful and unsuccessful schools

… [T]he results indicated that the way libraries were used differed between successful and unsuccessful schools. Successful schools schedule more class time in the library, spend more time allowing students to check out materials, have more individual student research hours, offer more time for reading incentive programs like Accelerated Reader, are used more frequently by faculty members for professional growth and classroom support, and are open more hours beyond the school day.

Successful schools have more library resources

The successful schools in the present sample had more print volumes, more magazine subscriptions, more electronic subscriptions, more video materials, more reference titles on CD-ROM, and more student software packages available for student use. In the area of technology, the successful schools had more than twice the number of computers in their libraries; 14 compared to 5.27. Among the successful schools, more than twice as many computers as opposed to the unsuccessful schools were Internet connected or connected to a printer. The implication is that in successful schools students have greater access to electronic research tools in their school library than students in unsuccessful schools.

Libraries in high-performing schools spent more money on electronic access

The school libraries in the high-performing schools spent over two and a half times as much money per 100 students on electronic access to information (e.g., online database searching, Internet access) than did those in the low-performing schools.

School Librarians Prepare Students to be 21st Century Learners

The school librarian plays an instrumental role in preparing students to be twenty-first century learners: problem solvers, critical thinkers, and effective users of information.

School Librarians Weave Together Curriculum and Information Literacy Skills

By acting as a teacher, instructional partner, information specialist, and program administrator, the school librarian can weave together content curriculum and information literacy skills in ways that benefit teachers and students

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