Thursday, May 15, 2008

Economic impact of libraries in Wisconsin

Terry Dawson, Director of the Appleton (Wisconsin) Public Library has a blog here with a link to one of the presentations we saw at the Wisconsin summit. Click on the entry link to see it. Researched by David J. Ward, this slideshow made some points that I'm sure apply to many libraries, and our return on the tax dollar investment. I was struck, watching it, by two things: being a Midwesterner myself, I found the pattern familiar -- from agraraian life (my grandparents' time) to industrial life (my father) to information worker (me). This parallels the change in the economy of Wisconsin -- and underscores the need for higher education as a strategy for employment and economic vitality.

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