The Value of Florida's Public Libraries

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How much are public libraries worth to your community? This presentation examines the Return on Investment to the state of Florida from its public libraries, and the many useful online services provided through the Florda Electronic Library

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  • Every taxpayer in Florida benefits from public libraries’ considerable contribution to education, the economy, tourism, retirement and the quality of life in their community. Florida’s Public Libraries Build Strong Economies: A Taxpayer Return on Investment Report (J anuary 2005) p.8. Overall, public libraries were rated more important for educational and work-related uses, but personal and recreational uses were ranked high as well. Taxpayer Return on Investment in Florida Public Libraries: Summary Report ( September 2004 ) p. 22.
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  • The Value of Florida's Public Libraries

    1. 1. The Brave New World of Electronic Resources Lesley Williams Head, Information Services Evanston Public Library [email_address]
    2. 2. Google: The “good enough” Search No Human Expertise Works best for finding specific items rather than broad subject Results easily manipulated: by advertising, “Googlebombers”
    3. 4. Wikipedia: The “good enough” Encyclopedia? <ul><li>31% more errors than the Encyclopedia Britannica </li></ul><ul><li>Number of bytes devoted to… </li></ul><ul><li>The Aeneid - 44,668 The Odyssey - 69,450 Wagner's Ring cycle - 64,698 The Ramayana - 73,226 Star Wars - 101,035 </li></ul>
    4. 5. Why Use Libraries? <ul><li>Libraries know local </li></ul><ul><li>Librarian expertise saves time </li></ul><ul><li>Value added content: you get what you pay for </li></ul>
    5. 6. Taxpayer Return on Investment in Florida Public Libraries Dr. José -Marie Griffiths October, 2004
    6. 7. <ul><li>Dr. José-Marie Griffiths </li></ul><ul><li>Dean, School of Information and Library Science </li></ul><ul><li>University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill </li></ul><ul><li>Email : [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Web: http://ils.unc.edu/sils/ </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: (919) 962-8368 </li></ul>
    7. 8. Libraries enhance quality of life by saving time and money <ul><li>Library users indicated 57.6 million hours or $2.4 billion saved </li></ul>
    8. 9. $2.1 Billion to the Workplace
    9. 10. Direct Benefits: $6.0 Billion/year
    10. 11. Florida’s Public Libraries Return $6.54 for every $1.00 Invested
    11. 12. Florida’s Public Libraries are Extensively Used — 94 million In Person and Remote Visits 68 million in-person visits 25.2 million remote Internet connections (not including children or tourists)
    12. 13. Work-Related Uses
    13. 14. Personal Uses
    14. 15. What Do People Do When They Use Public Libraries Through Remote Internet Connections?
    15. 16. Your Online Library: www.flelibrary.org
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    17. 18. Primary Sources for Local History
    18. 19. Local Events
    19. 20. The More Things Change…
    20. 21. Customize a Mailing List
    21. 22. Select City and Yellow Page Category…
    22. 23. Instant Mailing List
    23. 24. … Find Resources for a Home Business
    24. 25. …Instant Business Plan
    25. 26. …in Spanish!
    26. 27. Corporate Intelligence <ul><li>Find the top companies in Jacksonville </li></ul>
    27. 28. Jacksonville Companies by Revenue
    28. 29. A Profile of the Largest
    29. 33. Corrects Your Test …
    30. 34. Pinpoint your Strengths and Weaknesses
    31. 35. Look for Famous Floridians
    32. 36. … and Find a Profile
    33. 37. A Library of Children’s e-books
    34. 38. In English…
    35. 39. … or Chinese!
    36. 40. Hundreds of Newspapers
    37. 41. Search for Local Death Notices
    38. 43. A Shelf of Medical Books on Your Desktop
    39. 45. Expert Help Online, Anytime
    40. 46. Online Products Used ReferenceUSA , from InfoUsa, Learning Express Library ProQuest Historical New York Times Thompson/Gale Biography Resource Center Thompson/Gale Business Resource Center Thompson/Gale Gale Virtual Reference Library Newsbank: America’s Obituaries and Death Notices Tumblebooks
    41. 47. Thanks!! Lesley Williams Evanston Public Library Evanston IL 60201 [email_address] 847-448-8646

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