Tag Archive for 'public library'

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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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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