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

Professional Excellence grant, July 2008

 By Adam Winger, Utah State University Library

As part of my education in the Library Science program from the University of North Texas I enrolled in a class titled Academic Libraries.  The Utah State Library Professional Excellence Grant financially supported my efforts for the class, for which I am very grateful.  The Academic Libraries class instructed me in the variety of services and resources that many academic libraries provide.  I learned much about government repositories, such as the Merrill-Cazier Library in which I work.  I also learned about many of the current technological trends such as Radio Frequency Identification tags used for organization and inventory of library collections. 

The Academic Libraries class helped to inform me about the many things occurring in modern academic libraries.  The knowledge will continue to evolve over time but I have gained a sound base upon which I may build my career as a professional librarian within the academic community.