SOCIAL VALUE:  IDENTIFYING, MEASURING AND SHARING SOME OF THE LESS OBVIOUS WAYS THAT PUBLIC LIBRARIES CONTRIBUTE TO ECONOM...
To discuss... <ul><li>The modern day public library </li></ul><ul><li>Current climate </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrating valu...
A space and place... (Scrogham, 2006).  “… a place of  books  and  reading , of  research , of  librarians , of  free thou...
Modern day public libraries...
 
Current climate...
First Recession of the 21 st  Century... (Based on Getz, 1989, p.4).
Relationship between library use and business cycles... * (James, 1986; Luyt, 2007);** (Lynch, 2002); ***(Poole, 1880; Ber...
Front page news...
Recession sanctuaries? “ ...non-discriminating  spaces for people to be ” * *(Greenhalgh, 1995)  <ul><li>Unemployment, pay...
Responding to evolving needs... *(Rettig, 2009)).  . “ During tough economic times, people turn to libraries for their inc...
Early statistical evidence... Westminster Libraries   Over the three month period to January 2009’: visits increased by 10...
Anecdotal evidence... *(Carlton, 2009 **(NPR, 2008).  Wall Street Journal   focussed on one  recently unemployed  user who...
Shining in times of crisis...
Value in times of recession...
Public spending...the reality! *(Getz, 1989, pp. 4-5). ** (Moore, 2004 quoted in Goulding, 2009, p. 4) ***(Page, 2009c) **...
Demonstrating value...
Prove it...
Measure £ value...
E.g. Return on investment...
Measuring less obvious contributions...
 
Measuring social value... *Greer and Hale, 1982; Whipple and Nyce, 2007; **Blake et al.,1976; Usherwood & Linley, 1998; (B...
E.g. Transforming communities... New Orleans Chicago
<ul><li>...exploit revenue streams </li></ul>Be part of the solution 1
E.g Sponsorship...
E.g Affiliations...
<ul><li>...contribute to cost savings </li></ul>Be part of the solution 2
E.g. Embrace Web 2.0 & social media...
<ul><li>...partnership working </li></ul>Be part of the solution 3
E.g. Positioned at the heart of... Public Libraries
LAAs? We can help with that... Based on original Communities and Local Government: 198 Indicator Set, 2007
Healthy communities?  We can help with that...
Investment in local businesses? We can help with that...
Conclusion...
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Presented by Christine Rooney-Browne at the Society of Chief Librarians Seminar 2009 (University of Warwick, June 5th 2009). Social Value:
identifying, measuring and sharing some of the less obvious ways that public libraries contribute to economic and social regeneration

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    1. 1. SOCIAL VALUE: IDENTIFYING, MEASURING AND SHARING SOME OF THE LESS OBVIOUS WAYS THAT PUBLIC LIBRARIES CONTRIBUTE TO ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL REGENERATION Christine Rooney-Browne PhD Researcher, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow Society of Chief Librarians Seminar 2009
    2. 2. To discuss... <ul><li>The modern day public library </li></ul><ul><li>Current climate </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrating value </li></ul><ul><li>Less obvious contributions to regeneration </li></ul><ul><li>Part of the solution </li></ul><ul><li>Communicating the message </li></ul><ul><li>Public Libraries: </li></ul>
    3. 3. A space and place... (Scrogham, 2006). “… a place of books and reading , of research , of librarians , of free thought , and of balance – balance between education and recreation , between print and electronic , between quiet and noise , and between parental concern and civil liberties ” *
    4. 4. Modern day public libraries...
    5. 6. Current climate...
    6. 7. First Recession of the 21 st Century... (Based on Getz, 1989, p.4).
    7. 8. Relationship between library use and business cycles... * (James, 1986; Luyt, 2007);** (Lynch, 2002); ***(Poole, 1880; Berelson, 1949; James, 1983; Bob, 1985; James, 1986; Getz, 1989, p.4-5; Finch and Warner, 1998, p.5; Lynch 2002; Seavey, 2003, p.378; ALA, 2007; ALA, 2008a; Goulding, 2009). <ul><li>Great Depression of the 1930s* </li></ul><ul><li>Economic crises in late 1990s, early 2000s** </li></ul><ul><li>Statistical and anecdotal evidence supports link between public library usage and economic crises*** </li></ul>
    8. 9. Front page news...
    9. 10. Recession sanctuaries? “ ...non-discriminating spaces for people to be ” * *(Greenhalgh, 1995) <ul><li>Unemployment, pay freezes, accumulated debt, less disposable income </li></ul><ul><li>Borrowing over buying </li></ul><ul><li>Welcoming spaces </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledgeable staff </li></ul><ul><li>Free resources </li></ul>
    10. 11. Responding to evolving needs... *(Rettig, 2009)). . “ During tough economic times, people turn to libraries for their incredible array of free resources, from computers to books, DVDs and CDs, for help with a job hunt or health information. The average annual cost to the taxpayer for access to this wide range of resources is about $31 , the cost of one hardcover book. In good times or bad, libraries are a great value !”* BBC, 2009 CNN, 2009 meshio.com, 2009
    11. 12. Early statistical evidence... Westminster Libraries Over the three month period to January 2009’: visits increased by 10.5%, new members by 18.3%and borrowing figures for personal finance books by 11.8% business and management books by 6.3% and basic skills books by 35.4%‘ Birmingham Libraries Towards end of 2008, membership increased by 4,500 to 175,000 ** Cumbria Libraries YOY 39% increase in new members over the period ‘September – December 2008’ *** Newcastle Libraries an increase of 10,000 new members in 2008 (a rise of 33%) and 4,000 children became members for the first time (an increase of 14%**** Glasgow Libraries 12% rise in usage and 26% increase in ‘non-fiction’ borrowing***** Dublin Libraries 30% YOY increase borrowing and 15% rise in visitors ****** Map Source: www.indymedia.ie *(Page, 2009). **(Keogh, 2009) ***(BBC, 2009b). ****(Loraine, 2009). *****(Braiden, 2009), ******(Murphy, 2009)
    12. 13. Anecdotal evidence... *(Carlton, 2009 **(NPR, 2008). Wall Street Journal focussed on one recently unemployed user who spent his time in the library listening to hip-hop DVDs whilst using the computer . When probed as to why he was spending time in the library the user stated that it was an opportunity for him to get out of the house * One family in Indiana had to sell all of their electronic equipment, cancel cable and internet subscriptions because technology had become a luxury that they could no longer afford . The library had become their sole access point for information, news and online entertainment. ** Librarians at Roxbury Public Library in New Jersey librarians have taken on the role of unofficial job counsellors and social workers in order to meet the emerging needs of visitors*
    13. 14. Shining in times of crisis...
    14. 15. Value in times of recession...
    15. 16. Public spending...the reality! *(Getz, 1989, pp. 4-5). ** (Moore, 2004 quoted in Goulding, 2009, p. 4) ***(Page, 2009c) ****(Bakewell, 2009). . “ the strength, diversity and growth of our library community is a consequence of the affluence of our economy ... libraries – along with the rest of society – have to ride the waves of macroeconomic activity ”* monstersandcritics.com
    16. 17. Demonstrating value...
    17. 18. Prove it...
    18. 19. Measure £ value...
    19. 20. E.g. Return on investment...
    20. 21. Measuring less obvious contributions...
    21. 23. Measuring social value... *Greer and Hale, 1982; Whipple and Nyce, 2007; **Blake et al.,1976; Usherwood & Linley, 1998; (Bryson et al., 2002); ***Brophy, 2007; ****UK Online Centres, 2007 *****REDF, 2008
    22. 24. E.g. Transforming communities... New Orleans Chicago
    23. 25. <ul><li>...exploit revenue streams </li></ul>Be part of the solution 1
    24. 26. E.g Sponsorship...
    25. 27. E.g Affiliations...
    26. 28. <ul><li>...contribute to cost savings </li></ul>Be part of the solution 2
    27. 29. E.g. Embrace Web 2.0 & social media...
    28. 30. <ul><li>...partnership working </li></ul>Be part of the solution 3
    29. 31. E.g. Positioned at the heart of... Public Libraries
    30. 32. LAAs? We can help with that... Based on original Communities and Local Government: 198 Indicator Set, 2007
    31. 33. Healthy communities? We can help with that...
    32. 34. Investment in local businesses? We can help with that...
    33. 35. Conclusion...
    34. 36. OPEN UP THE DEBATE CONTACT ME: E-MAIL: [email_address] BLOG: www.libraryofdigress.co.uk Twitter: crooneybrowne
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