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ERIC Number: EJ925256
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb-15
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0363-0277
Feeling the Pinch
Hoffert, Barbara
Library Journal, v135 n3 p36-38 Feb 2010
America is facing what many have called the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, with one in ten Americans unemployed. It's no surprise, then, that the 2010 book-buying survey of public libraries is on the dark side. Representing some 100 institutions nationwide distributed equitably by size, type, and location, "LJ"'s annual survey aims to capture the big picture. With half of "LJ"'s respondents reporting stalled adult book budgets and over a third reporting cuts, this year's adult book budget figure was down overall by nearly five percent--the second tumble in as many years and the biggest decrease since the survey began in 1998. Responses to "LJ"'s ongoing book-buying survey show that while materials budgets have been sorely constrained over the last decade, total operating budgets keep going up. The picture may look bleak, but this year's survey has one bright spot: circulation. Adult book circulation has been on the upswing for a decade, but never has it grown as astoundingly as it did this year, which boasted the biggest leap since the survey was launched.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
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