søndag den 16. august 2015

Economic Value of Public Libraries #wlic2015

Aldermen and mayors in political
debate March 2015 in Aarhus
Meet the Danish Think Tank Libraires of the Future at at IFLA-poster session at #wlic2015

The first Danish study on the economic impact of the Danish public library - the first assessment of the economic value of the public libraries and new insights to discuss the role libraries play in modern society. 

NEED OF DEMONSTRATING VALUE AND IMPACT
The traditionel role of public libraries is changing, and therefore libraries are finding it in­creasingly difficult to defend their economic justification and have an ever-increasing need to demonstrate their impact on and value for society. User satisfaction and number of book loans are far from adequate if we are to learn more about how to assess the role and impact of libraries. Activity – which can be measured – is one thing; value is quite another.

The understanding of the total value created by libraries has been relative­ly limited. Therefore, the Danish Think Tank initiated the first analysis of its kind: “The Economic Impact of Public Libraires in Denmark”.

Download the first Danish study on the economic impact of the Danish public library: The Economic Impact of Public Libraries


Meet the Danish Think Tank Libraires of the Future at at IFLA-poster session. Poster presentations are scheduled between 12:00 and 14:00 on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 August 2015. Poster board number 32.
The analysis is conducted by Copenhagen Econocmics and supported by the Danish Agency for Culture’s development funds. Hent undersøgelsen i lang udgave eller kort udgave

From input to impact


3 CONTRIBUTIONS

CULTURAL AND SOCIAL IMPACT = DKK 4 BN (USD 600 MIO)
Danes put a value on libraries correspond­ing to a total level of willingness to pay up to DKK 4 bn (USD 600 mio) a year. Significantly, more than the DKK 2.5 bn (USD 370 mio) they current­ly pay for libraries via taxes. This high willingness to pay is that libraries fulfil a crucial role as a cultural, social and educational institution – for both users and non-users.

VALUE THROUGH DIGITAL TRANSITION = DKK 200 MI0 (USD 30 MIO)
50,000 Danes get their computer skills upgraded at libraries every year. This accelerates and eases the transition to a digital society and creates value in the form of savings in the public and private sectors in four effects: the transition to email, digital self-service, increased use of online banking and time savings associated.

VALUE THROUGH READING = DKK 2 BN (USD 300 MIO)
Libraries contribute with DKK 2 bn (USD 300 mio) annually through high­er education productivity gains through three interrelated effects:



1. Libraries improve children’s reading skills
2. Better reading skills directly affect educational level
3. A high level of education produces greater economic benefit

The quantitative impact is 0,1% of GDP.

REFLECTIONS & REACTIONS
The analysis is the first analysis of its kind in Denmark and object to intensive publicity and discussions about the role and impact of public libraries and ways of measuring cultural institutions.

The report has lead to:
A strengthened debate about public libraries and their contribution to society
Qualified debate about the future role and primary tasks of public libraries
Increased political awareness of the impact of public libraries on society
Discussions on how libraries exploit their competences better
Provided competitive’ arguments and improve library advocacy
Introduced new ways of measuring cultural institutions

Se DBs programanbefalinger til danske deltagere på konferencen i Cape Town
Se hele konferenceprogrammet
Hent IFLA 2015-app'en

Se også  Adgang til vand og information er forudsætning for udvikling #wlic2015





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