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A Strong Future

A Strong Future for Public Library Use and Employment

José-Marie Griffiths and Donald W. King

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Return on Investment Calculator Toolkit

The Return on Investment (ROI) Calculator tools were developed by Donald W. King, distinguished research professor, and Songphan Choemprayong, PhD student, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Included in the toolkit are:

Questions about these tools may be directed to the authors.

Chapter-specific supplementary material
[See attachments below]

Chapter 2

  • Data on public library users’ characteristics [2-1]
  • Data on trends in public library services [2-2]
  • Anecdotal observations concerning public libraries in the current recession [2-3]
  • Graphs illustrating types of sources most useful in addressing various information needs [2-4]

Chapter 3

  • Data on information needs and purpose of visits [3-1]

Chapter 4

  • Data on what users pay for public library information and services [4-1]
  • Data on benefits and value of public library services [4-2]

Chapter 7

  • Raw survey data concerning how well education prepared MLS librarians for their work [7-1] (Excel file)
  • Raw survey data concerning subject matter of continuing education/training classes [7-2] (Excel file)

Chapter 8

  • Forecasts of the expected number of MLS public librarian positions [8-2]