Libraries powering development

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Libraries powering development

  1. 1. Advocacy Challenge Overall very positive associations with library…. …but overall very negative as point of access to technology • Outdated and unnecessary with modern technology. • Don’t exist in Africa. • Wasted investment.
  2. 2. Demonstrated benefit of library access Libraries are: • Entry-point to computers and tech skills – 50% first use of computer and 62% first use of internet • Generating income – 34% savings 40% sending $ 23% help find a job 57% • Preferred point of access – – only point of access(34% ) and prefer speed, equipment, support, quiet Data drawn from Global Impact Study; Technology and Social Change Group http://tascha.uw.edu/
  3. 3. Demonstrated return on Investment • In US, $3.2 bil of value/year and $629 mil free computer classes • Value of lending books is 23% greater than costs of library (British study) • 300,000 Americans get job-seeking help every day • Economy of UK would drop $414.4 million per year without the British library • For US, UK, Australia, S. Korea, NZ, and Norway – 4-5x return • Florida 2009, wages increased by $23 for every $1 of public support to public libraries

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