The trend we cannot ignore: library closings in America

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Purpose - To introduce the growing trend of closings of public libraries in the USA due to funding shortages. Design/methodology/approach - Body of knowledge compiled by author from current news and professional sources and personal historical files. Findings - While public libraries are being heavily used, they still face funding challenges due to tax resistance, the economic down-turn, and competition for their services. Originality/value - The column stresses the importance of public library administrators to track and respond to public support.

Keywords: Financing; Libraries; Public Libraries; Referendums; Taxes; United States of America

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: May 1, 2005

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