Tag Archive for 'library data'

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Library Stat of the Week #4: Around the world, having more public libraries tends to be associated with higher literacy rates

A core function of libraries is the support they provide for literacy. Traditionally, this has been through providing access to materials. Many librarians have brought their passion for books to their jobs, and encourage others to do the same. In some cases, libraries are involved in more formal efforts to […]

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Library Stat of the Week #3: On average, there are 6.4 public libraries for every 100 000 people, but in Czechia, there are almost 60!

A key strength of public libraries is their reach across cities, towns and villages around the world. Focused on the needs of their communities, they aim to respond in their providing collections and services. Clearly there will always, to some extent, be a trade-off between the number and size of […]

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Library Stat of the Week #2: From 2017 to 2018, the largest declines in political and civil freedoms were felt across high and upper-middle income countries

Libraries have a major role to play in delivering fundamental freedoms. The possibility to access information is not only a human right in itself, but also an enabler of others. Where people lack it, they will struggle to participate in democracy, to realise opportunities to improve their jobs and their […]

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Launching IFLA’s Library Stat of the Week

Numbers give us a key means of understanding our world, and the trends and evolutions that are shaping it. They can help us make comparisons, identify successes, and make connections. They are also critical in making an effective case for providing support to libraries. IFLA as an organisation is working […]

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