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Library Stat of the Week #50 (Part 2): Where there are stronger and better used public and community libraries, more people read, more often

In the final post both of this mini-series on libraries and cultural data, and of our regular Library Stat of the Week posts, we return to a core function of libraries – to promote reading and access to books. In the past three weeks, we have looked at data around […]

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Library Stat of the Week #49: Faced with Competition from Online Entertainment, Household Spending on Books Has Held Up Better Where Libraries are Stronger

In a three-part series to end our regular #LibraryStatOfTheWeek posts, we are looking at data around culture, and crossing this with information gathered by IFLA through the Library Map of the World. Last week’s post – the first of the mini-series – therefore looked at the link between the strength […]

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Library Stat of the Week #48: In Countries with Stronger – and Better Used – Public and Community Library Fields, Books Account for Larger Shares of Household Spending on Culture

After a couple of weeks’ break, we’re back with a final mini-series of Library Stat of the Week posts, focusing this time on libraries and cultural data. Cultural data itself is unfortunately not as widely collected as other types of data, partly because of a lack of widely adopted shared […]

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Library Stat of the Week #33: Where there are more public libraries offering internet access, gender and age-related digital divides are smaller

Last week was the first in a mini-series looking at internet access in libraries, and overall figures about who is – and isn’t – using the internet. As highlighted, the digital divide all too easily risks becoming a development divide. Those who cannot get online risk missing out on the […]

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Filling the Evidence Gap: an Interview with Guy LeCharles Gonzalez, Panorama Project

  The lending of eBooks by libraries remains an area of controversy, with libraries often facing high prices and difficult licencing conditions, while publishers worry about impacts on sales and revenues to authors. A key challenge in this has been the relative newness of the format, and the lack of […]

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Library Stat of the Week #11: Despite sparse populations, there are relatively dense public library networks in Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Russia and Canada

As highlighted last week, a key characteristic – and indeed mission – of public libraries is to provide a service that responds to the needs of their communities. This job can be made more difficult when the distance between people and libraries is greater, for example in rural communities. For […]

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Library Stat of the Week #10: On average, each public or community library serves an area of 254km2 – that’s 254 000 Olympic swimming pools! But in the European Union, it’s only 59km2, and in Asia, 85km2

One of the key strengths of libraries – in particular public and community libraries – is the fact that they are local. Being close to the communities they serve gives them a unique potential to understand what people need, and to provide collections and services accordingly. Of course, ‘closeness’ is […]

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