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ALA releases 2014 State of America’s Libraries Report | News & Press Center

Libraries continue to transform to meet society’s changing needs, and more than 90 percent of the respondents in an independent national survey said that libraries are important to the community. But school libraries continue to feel the combined pressures of recession-driven financial tightening and federal neglect, according to the survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, and school libraries in some districts and some states still face elimination or de-professionalization of their programs.These and other library trends of the past year are detailed in the American Library Association’s 2014 State of America’s Libraries report, released today during National Library Week, April 13– 19.
Sections of the report include: Libraries and Community Engagement, Public Libraries, Ebooks and Copyright Issues, School Libraries, Academic Libraries, Social Networking, Library Construction and Renovation, Outreach and Diversity, Washington Scene, and Intellectual Freedom including the list of “Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books” in 2013.


The full text of the 2014 State of America’s Libraries report is available at

Karen du Toit's insight:

The importance of libraries highlighted for the community, but the challenges for school libraries are rife!

Lisa Norris's curator insight, April 20, 2014 9:35 PM

Great library programs are energetic, flexible, and always researching and experiementing with innovative effective and efficient ways to meet the information needs of its patrons!

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 10, 2014 5:27 PM

Just picked this up from Joyce Valenza. 

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The public library: historic artifact or adaptive success? - Infographic

The public library: historic artifact or adaptive success? - Infographic | The Information Professional |

With the rise of online resources, public libraries are facing the challenge of having to adapt in order to remain engaging in their communities. Take a look at this infographic to see how they are making their mark in the digital age.


'This infographic examines the current use of public libraries and challenges to their preeminence as providers (and symbols) of knowledge."

Via Michelle Bourque, Robin Illsley
Karen du Toit's insight:

Public libraries making it in the digital age! - Infographic based on a 2012 Pew Research study of American public libraries.

Dawne Tortorella's curator insight, May 2, 2013 10:47 PM

An infographic based on well researched data and cited appropriately - nice to see as a best practice.

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Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations - Pew Research

Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations - Pew Research | The Information Professional |

by Kathryn Zickuhr, Lee Rainie and Kristen Purcell:

"Americans ages 16-29 are heavy technology users, including in using computers and internet at libraries. At the same time, most still read and borrow printed books, and value a mix of traditional and technological library services.

Karen du Toit's insight:

Interesting results!

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