Let's say that…

…you volunteered to write a government brief about the value of libraries in your province.  What would you include?  What approach would you take? 

In this hypothetical example, let's say the sucker volunteer already has a draft with some statistics and facts relevant to libraries, both in general (the one from the 2004 Florida study that found libraries returned $6.50 for every dollar invested) and specific to what's happening in the province (er, things like this.) 

Anybody have any kick ass ideas, facts or stats, especially from their days back at FIMS that they'd love to use more than just for that one paper that the prof read during the commercials of “Desperate Housewives” and gave you a B+ on? 

(I feel like I'm back at FIMS working on this and can't decide if that's a good or a bad thing!)

Comments 1

  1. Anonymous wrote:

    Not so much kick-ass ideas as obvious with a touch of bland, but:
    – Saskatchewan has had the highest stats in participation in the TD Summer Reading Club in the last few years
    http://www.td-club-td.ca/009003-500-e.html (for the SK-specific stats I think you'd have to check with SLA; they're not posted)
    – studies on the impact of libraries on student achievement (specifically school libraries, but you could extrapolate the findings): http://www.lrs.org/impact.php
    – maybe look at partnerships that are working (ie: SPL partnering with Read Saskatoon for literacy stuff) or special events which are culturally significant or significant to the community (ie: SPL recently was honoured with a Round Dance for the support it gives to the Native community). Feel-good stories like that?
    (http://www.saskatoonlibrary.ca/pdf/AnnualReport2007.pdf – go to pg 4, the Director's “engaging the community” intro)
    Sorry, that's all I've got this early in the morning. I'll think on it and let you know if I actually have any “kick-ass” ideas. Good luck!

    Posted 27 Jul 2008 at 5:11 pm
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