January 17, 2018

ALA Issues State of America’s Libraries Report

By LJ Staff

Continuing importance of libraries in recession, despite decline in funding

The American Library Association’s 2010 State of America’s Libraries report collects some familiar but sobering news about the continuing importance of libraries in the recession, especially regarding job and career help, even as increased library use has not led to an increase in funding.

Among trends cited in the report:

  • Internet use continues to expand at public libraries.
  • Ninety-six percent of Americans feel that school libraries are an essential part of the education experience, even though funding for school libraries also lags.
  • Academic libraries are experiencing increased physical and virtual use
  • Library construction continued in 2009, thanks to the allocation of funds before the economic downturn, with many of the libraries boasting "green" features.