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The Library Dividend: a study of the socio-economic value of Queensland public libraries

The Library Dividend is a major independent study of the socio-economic contribution of Queensland’s public libraries. The study was commissioned by State Library of Queensland in 2011 and was funded by the Expanding Horizons Public Library Grant as a state-wide research project.

The aim of the study was to expand the understanding of the value of public libraries to the community, prove that public libraries contribute economic benefit to the community, and provide Queensland public libraries with data to build a stronger case in securing their future funding.

A range of materials has been produced to support the library sector to clearly and powerfully articulate the benefits of Queensland public libraries:

Webcasts and slides of the presentations covering The Library Dividend at Libraries….the fourth ‘R’, a professional development event presented by the Queensland Public Libraries Association and State Library of Queensland at which The Library Dividend was launched, are provided below.

The Library Dividend: overview of research report
Andrew McDougall, Director, SGS Economics and Planning
Presentation [PPT 1.6MB]Webcast
The Library Dividend: the Library Value Calculator tool
Mark Donaldson, Consultant, SGS Economics and Planning
Presentation [PPT 753KB]Webcast
Using The Library Dividend for advocacy purposes
Sue McKerracher, Executive Director, ALIA
Presentation [PPT 134KB]Webcast

Other public library socio-economic value studies

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Last updated
7th July 2017