Tag Archive for 'Library Map of the World'

Library Stat of the Week #9: Globally, one in every 1525 workers is a member of library staff, but it’s 1 in 613 in North America, and 1 in 237 in Estonia!

Last week, we looked at the number of librarians for every 100 000 people around the world, with Oceania coming in highest at 84 – that’s one in every 1190 people. But what about library staff in the workforce? How big a share of jobs are as librarians and related […]

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Library Stat of the Week #8: The Oceania region has the highest number of library staff per 100 000 people – over 84 – but Belarus has the highest for a single country at 227!

One of the key attractions of libraries as places to deliver public policy goals are librarians and other library staff – professional and qualified staff, plus project staff and assistants. With either specific library qualifications or bringing other skills, they are vital for ensuring that users receive the support they […]

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Library Stat of the Week #7: High rates of library connectivity in Kenya, Thailand and Mongolia offer potential for digital skills programming

In our 6th Library Stat of the Week, we looked at the share of public libraries which offer internet access in countries for which data is available. As underlined, being able to provide this access is an increasingly important way for libraries to achieve their mission to give access to […]

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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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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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Knowledge for Development: Libraries and the Global Sustainable Development Report

The Global Sustainable Development Report was released last week in time for discussions around progress on the United Nations 2030 Agenda at the UN’s General Assembly. The result of a collaboration between experts from different disciplines, from different parts of the world, is arguably the most complete knowledge contribution to […]

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