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State of America’s Libraries 2015 Report Released

2015 April 13

directional sign for libraryThe American Library Association (ALA) has recently released The State of America’s Libraries report for 2015.  According to this latest report, academic, public and school libraries are experiencing a shift in how they are perceived by their communities and society. Not just places for books, libraries of all types are viewed as community anchors, and centers for academic life and research.  Other key trends detailed in the report include:

  • Digital literacy continues to grow as an important library service.
  • Learning for students is 24/7, and school libraries continue to be invaluable anchors for education environments.
  • Makerspaces are trending and provide evidence that libraries continue to evolve beyond a focus on traditional collections.
  • Many federal government policy and regulatory issues are of importance to libraries and the people who use them. Policies related to personal privacy, library funding, workforce development, and copyright law are just a few of the issues of interest to the library community.

Read about these and other library trends of the past year in the report, available on the ALA website at ala.org/americas-libraries/.

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