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ERIC Number: ED520930
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
The Impact of the Recession on Public Library Use in Colorado: A Closer Look
Lance, Keith Curry; Hofschire, Linda; Daisey, Jamie
Library Research Service
This report shares the statistical trends for public library use in Colorado before and since the onset of the latest recession. It also includes the voices of librarians from around the state, offering their observations and stories of how public libraries are helping in these difficult times. To determine the impact of the Great Recession on use of public libraries in Colorado, annual statistics were compared across four years for the following usage measures: visits per capita, circulation per capita, program attendance per 1,000 served, and Internet users per capita. The first two years, 2006 and 2007, were prior to the recession, and the remaining two years, 2008 and 2009, were after the recession's onset. Comparisons were made by calculating averages and percent change for the usage measures for each year. After the elimination of outliers and libraries with missing data, the final study group consisted of all Colorado public libraries with legal service area populations of 25,000 or more (23 libraries), as well as those classified as resort libraries (11 libraries). Visits, circulation, program attendance and Internet use were steady or slightly declining for all libraries included in the study during the two years prior to the recession and rose, in some cases dramatically, during the two years after the recession's onset, illustrating the impact of the recession on Colorado libraries. Sources for Web Site Quotes are appended. (Contains 9 charts.) [This report was funded through the Library Services and Technology Act by the Colorado State Library, Colorado Department of Education.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado Department of Education, Library Research Service
Identifiers - Location: Colorado