The 2012 State of America's libraries

The state of America’s libraries

The 2012 state of America’s libraries is well worth a read.

Despite the challenges they faced in 2011 what becomes clear through the report is  that amid the shifting winds of an economic storm, libraries continue to transform lives, adapting to and adopting new and emerging technologies, and experimenting with innovative and transformational ideas to provide services that empower their cuustomers.

The public libraries in many major U.S. cities continue to see circulation rise, with Seattle leading the way with a whopping 50% increase in the past six years.

The use of social media by libraries of all types increased dramatically, and the American Library Association (ALA)  continues to provide leadership in the transformation of libraries and library services in a dynamic and increasing global digital information environment.