Lyn Hopper on advocating for your library: “…I should be able to answer the question, ‘So what?’ (So what if more people are visiting? So what if they are attending more programs or checking out more materials?) We need to be able to tell our funding agencies and others what impact the library has on individuals and the community.”
R. David Lankes on crafting our advocacy messages: “We should be asking how libraries help our communities thrive. If we can put together that vision in a compelling way, people will support libraries out of self-interest, not out of pity, charity, or a sense of obligation.”
Hopper, L. (2013, May/June). Planning to thrive: Sustainable public libraries. Public Libraries, 52(3), 26-28.
A 2006 statewide survey conducted by the University of North Carolina in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh concluded that for every $10 invested in public libraries, $55 is returned to Pennsylvania taxpayers.
If public libraries didn’t exist, the study said, the economic loss to our communities across the Commonwealth would total nearly $1.34 billion. That’s 5.5 times what we dedicate annually in local, state, and federal taxes for public libraries.
From the PA Forward website, a campaign started by the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA)