May 19, 2022

ALA Releases Updated Edition of “Quotable Facts About America’s Libraries”

From ALA:

One of the American Library Association’s most effective and commonly used advocacy tools, “Quotable Facts about America’s Libraries” has been updated with the most current research, including a new “Technology Trends” section.  It provides quick, pertinent talking points and thought-provoking information for anyone interested in making the case for public, school and academic libraries.

“Quotable Facts” is a wallet-sized, foldout card packed with relevant quotes about America’s libraries, how they are used and how libraries continue to be an integral part of American culture and lifelong learning.

Some of Facts You’ll Find

  • Academic libraries held approximately 158.7 million e-books and public libraries held more than 18.5 million in 2010.
  • More than 92% of public libraries provide services for job seekers.
  • The average copyright year for health and medicine titles in school libraries is 1996. A student using these resources would not learn about the cloning of Dolly the sheep (1997) or that the United Kingdom handed sovereignty of Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China (1997).

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