May 22, 2022

New Research Article: Costs of and Benefits Resulting from Public Library E-Government Service Provision”

The following full text article was published in the December 2013 (Vol 18, No 12) issue of First Monday.


Costs of and benefits resulting from public library e-government service provision: Findings and future directions from an exploratory study


Lauren H. Mandel
University of Rhode Island 

Charles R. McClure
Florida State University

Debra Guenther
Florida State University

Laura I. Spears
Florida State University


First Monday 
December 2013
Vol 18, No 12


As the public trusts the library to provide access and support to use computers and the Internet, much of the burden of e–government service provision has shifted from government agencies to public libraries.

This unfunded mandate contributes to libraries’ financial burdens in a time of radical public library funding cuts.

Public libraries need to be able to identify the precise costs of this service provision, as well as its benefits, in order to justify additional financial or other resources to support these services, especially high–speed broadband connections to facilitate access to and use of e–government services.

This paper present the findings of an exploratory study designed to identify the range of costs Indiana public libraries incur in their provision of e–government services, as well as the benefits of that service provision.

The multi–method research design employed in this study offers one possible approach by which other states might develop a comprehensive perspective, including costs, of their public libraries’ e–government service provision.

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