Maximize the Potential of Your Public Library: A Report on the Innovative Ways Public Libraries are Addressing Community Priorit

I’m passing along this very important report from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) as part of their Public Library Innovations grant program funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

I’ve pulled out this excerpt chock full of useful stats for you to use when you talk to people about budget cuts!

Dear Governor Brown…

Dear Governor Brown,

Every other time we’ve faced budget shortfalls that result in service reductions, disenfranchised and poor people have always been able to count on libraries to access email, get on the Internet, and to find critical information.  Your proposal to cut services AND close libraries hits people with the least the hardest.  And it doesn’t save a cent.