Tag Archive for '#LibraryStatOfTheWeek'

Library Stat of the Week #6: Almost 2/3 of public libraries offer internet access globally. In Russia, over 27 000 public libraries do so!

Libraries have always been about access to information, in the present and into the future. Traditionally – and of course this is what gave them their name – they were about books. However, with a growing share of information now online – including from sources that used to be printed […]

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Library Stat of the Week #5: Globally, Finland and Macao have the highest average public library visits per person per year, while Oceania is the highest placed region

Even as the online world plays an ever more important role in our lives, there has been a growing recognition of the need for physical spaces where people can feel welcome and mix with others. Public and community libraries offer just such a space, with dedicated staff and without any […]

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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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Library Stat of the Week #1: The Internet Gender Gap Rose from 11% to 12% between 2015 and 2016

Libraries have a key mission to put people in touch with information. The internet is increasingly essential as a means of achieving this. Thanks to digital technologies, more information than ever is being created, while many materials which used to be available on paper are now online only. This makes […]

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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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