Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Use of libraries in tough economic times

This is the new mantra in the library world. Even the Freakonomics guys are jumping on the bandwagon.

I'm still waiting to check our local statistics to see if they support this idea that library use goes up when the economy goes down.

I did write this for our newsletter:
Do you love the library? You’re not alone. The statistics show that library use, especially in tough economic times, just keeps going up. If you took the number of books checked out at the Smallsville Public Library in 2008 and laid them end to end, they would stretch from Carol Stream to downtown Chicago and back. If you took the number of DVDs checked out at the Smallsville Public Library in 2008 and laid them end to end, they would stretch from Carol Stream to Lombard.

Some staff members thought I should have included the actual numbers with the story, but let's face it, numbers are boring. Descriptions are interesting.

1 comment:

  1. CARSON2:37 PM

    Being writers & literature buffs, we would enjoy a descriptive paragraph more.
    Math minded & Number people probally would have liked to see the stats.
    I myself and with you!

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