What are Friends for?

When I think of Friends of the Library I think of collaboration. What are Friends of the Library groups for?

  • Public, academic. school, and special libraries. No one’s too obscure or too high powered to have Friends.
  • Supporting and benefiting the library community
  • Service
  • Connecting with others in the business world
  • Public relations
  • Advocacy
  • Community involvement
  • Literacy promotion, especially in school Friends groups
  • Fund raising

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The Role of Libraries in Economic Hard Times

The Diane Rehm show today, Wednesday, January 7, 2009,  is “The Role of Libraries in Economic Hard Times.”

Libraries today have become multimedia centers, offering not only books but DVDs, e-books and Internet access. They can also be an especially important community resource during times of economic hardship. A look at the future of libraries in a slowing economy.

Diane’s guests today will be  Carla Hayden, executive director, Enoch Pratt Free Library and president of the American Library Association; Jim Rettig, President of the American Library Association and University Librarian at the Boatwright Memorial Library at the University of Richmond, Virginia; and Ginnie Cooper, Chief Librarian for the District of Columbia Public Library.

Listen it to it live at 9:00 a.m. on NPR radio stations such as:

Or one hour or later after the broadcast listen to the podcast:

Prove your library’s worth to your community

In these days of budget cuts it’s important to keep your library in the spotlight.Richmond UT Library

The Maine State Library came up with a calculator to estimate the worth of the public library to a citizen of the community. Take a look–it’s pretty interesting. Betsy Kelly of the MCRML told me about this.You can customize this calculator to your community if you’d like. I think it is an intriguing way of showing your worth to your community.


92% of Americans say their local library is an important educational resource

Here are some results from the latest Harris poll:

  • Almost all Americans (92%) say they view their local library as an important education resource. Seven in ten agreed their local library is a pillar of the community (72%), a community center (71%), a family destination (70%), and a cultural center (69%);
  • Overall, people are satisfied with their public library. Based on everything they either know or might have heard or read, three in five Americans (59%) are extremely or very satisfied with their public library and an additional one in five (22%) are somewhat satisfied; and,
  • Among those that have a library card, the satisfaction is even higher — over two-thirds (68%) say they are extremely or very satisfied and an additional one in five (22%) are somewhat satisfied with their public library. Even those who do not have a library card express satisfaction with their libraries as two in five (40%) are extremely or very satisfied while 21 percent are somewhat satisfied.

See the full results: http://www.harrisinteractive.com/harris_poll/index.asp?PID=949