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:

Book Repair training

Scott Simkins of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City will present a one day workshop on book repair. It will be held at Utah State Library, 250 North 1950 West, Salt Lake City. Register for the class on our workshops page.

Other dates for the training are March 18th at the State Library and April 9th, 2009 at the Delta City Library. These two classes are totally full.

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: