A framework for evaluating public investment in urban libraries

Glen E. Holt (Executive Director, St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis, MO, USA)
Donald Elliott (Professor of Economics, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL, USA)
Christopher Dussold (Lecturer in Economics, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL, USA)

The Bottom Line

ISSN: 0888-045X

Publication date: 1 December 1996

Abstract

Along with most public institutions, public libraries are under attack for being socially unresponsive and economically unworthy of public funds. Looks at how urban libraries can defend their case by considering three main points: selecting appropriate methodology; building a framework for benefit‐cost analysis; and assessing necessary research. Concludes that continued research is very important as library resources are always changing. Proposes a pilot project to estimate direct and external benefits from public investment in library resources in one sector of library operations.

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Holt, G., Elliott, D. and Dussold, C. (1996), "A framework for evaluating public investment in urban libraries", The Bottom Line, Vol. 9 No. 4, pp. 4-13. https://doi.org/10.1108/08880459610131772

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MCB UP Ltd

Copyright © 1996, MCB UP Limited

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