Thank your for inviting me to speak with you today. My name is Heather Ketron and I am representing Loudoun County Public Library.Today I will briefly share some information about the value of public libraries in today’s world. Who values public libraries? What do they value about libraries?
What are these people doing?They are doing what they value, coming to the library.
According to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life ProjectAs you saw in the previous slide, The most powerful driver of deeper library engagement: having a child or grandchild.There is a wide range of reasons why people increase their use of public libraries, …They are doing what they value.During the next few minutes we will focus on the largest group of people increasing their library use. We will explore why they value our community libraries.
The information I will share with you today comes from a recent, national study completed by the Pew Research Center in November 2012.The Pew Center is a fact tank, respected for their careful research and unbiased analysis of trends. The Pew Center produced a series of reports in which they presented new research on library services in the digital age as well as trends in reading habits and patron needs.This was a 3 year program funding by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.The findings I will share with you today are from the 4th. Report, Parents, Children, Libraries, and Reading
This research found that 94% of American parents think libraries are important. What do they value about public libraries?
Here are some of the findings…The message from these findings is that nearly all parents believe that public libraries are important because they cultivate a lifelong love of reading books, learning, and community engagement.What about our community?
In our community libraries people are cultivating a love of reading learning at the libraryEngaging with community During our recent SRP, almost 9,000 parents and children in our community-- participated in storytime and learning programs at our local branch.They invested their time, energy, and effort at our libraries .
Another message from the Pew Center research is that libraries are providing vital learning opportunities and resources for families and our schools.Currently we are working with the public schools to ensure every first graders in our county has a library card so that they will have access to the educational resources our libraries offer. At one local branch, this partnership will affect almost 2,000 families.At this same branch, 10 early literacy storytimes are presented, year-round, free of charge.
It is evident that parents place a strong personal value on public library resources and services, they also come because they value what the library can do for them!Parents participate with their children . They learn from trained librarians who model early literacy activities that they can repeat at home. Almost 1800 adults demonstrated the value of reading this summer with their participation in our SRP.In addition to setting an example for the younger members of our community, adults are engaging with other community members during library programs, sharing ideas and gaining new knowledge. After a recent parent workshop, I received the following comments from participants:the research findings and book recommendations were very helpful, I wouldn’t have learned this on my ownI like the strategies to help children learn to readI want more classes like this
Our community values education. We have over 70,000 students attending our public schools. Our public libraries offer programs and activities that enrich and enhance public school education. Our public libraries provides opportunities for students of all ages to avoid the notorious “summer slump” by offering reading challenges and educational programs throughout the summer when schools are closed. How much is a millionAmazing AntsBeautiful ButterfliesWe also have outside performers present programs like Franklin Science Institute which we provide free of charge.Over 41,000 LCPS students participated in an educational program at their local library.
The third message from the Pew Center report was that parents are avid users of library services and are eager to see new tech-orientated services.This is the most exciting message. This means we, the libraries and the communities we serve, will be working together to provide the resources and services our citizens want and need.Here is our opportunity to work together and enrich the lives of everyone in this room, around the corner, and throughout LC.
Public libraries are the one place everyone has free, equal access to a full variety of digital services and resources.We provide a variety of digital learning opportunities Online through the library website. Classes, instruction and workshops are also available free at the library. Recent workshops include:Online Language learningeBooksHomework HelpOnline tutoringLibrarians also provide personalized help on our public Internet stations anything from online job applications, to making mortgage payments, how to open an email account.All free! Our librarians ensure that all citizens in our community has access to the digital resources and services.
The technology services and assistance we provide is especially valued by our low-income patrons.This service area is one that is growing and changing to meet the needs of our community
Based on the most recent research and what our community members are doing at the library, pubic libraries have a great value in today’s world.Public libraries …I am proud of LCPL and our dedicated staff members. It is an honor to serve you, my fellow citizens. Together we are creating a nurturing environment – within the library and in virtual space - where the love of reading and learning flourishes in our community.
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VALUE OF PUBLIC
Heather J. Ketron
Loudoun County Public Library
Value of Public Libraries in Today’s World
1. Pew Internet & American Life Project
2. Community Examples
People talk about interests, but do what they value!
Who values public libraries? What do they value about libraries?
Pew Research Center,
•Series of 5 reports
•Surveys of library users, non-
users, and librarians
•Parents, Children, Libraries, and
Reading November 2012 (4th.
Survey says …
84% believe libraries instill a love
97% think the library’s educational
programs are important
86% of parents with incomes below
$50,000 think libraries are very
Survey Says …
•81% report that libraries offer
resources and access to
information they can’t get at
•77% of children who visited the
library did so to do school work
•86% of parents think libraries
should definitely offer free early
literacy programs (we do!)
Parents place a strong personal value …
… The importance they assign to reading and access to
knowledge in their children’s lives
… Their engaged support of library services and programs
that help instill a love of reading and learning.
Survey Says …
•73% of parents have a library card
•62% are eager to see new tech-orientated
•Low-income parents are more likely to use
•Attend a class to download an e-book
•Use an e-reader already loaded (40%)
•Digital media lab (40%)
Public libraries are at the forefront …
Bridging the digital divide, working to
ensure all – parents and children – participate
in the digital age
Providing learning opportunities outside of
With librarians as de-facto digital literacy
Doing what they value … at the library!
Use many different library services –
borrowing books; accessing the Internet;
Would like to embrace more innovative
Include low-income parents who have an
even greater value on library staff & services
(88%) and new tech-orientated services
What is the value of public libraries in today’s world?
•Cultivate a lifelong love of
books, learning, and community
•Provide vital learning
opportunities and resources
•Access to library services and
I hope to see you
@ the library!