I recently received word from the Student-to-Staff program that I will be working with ALA’s Public Information Office (PIO) at the ALA Annual Conference. Someone from the office has already contacted me, and I’m really looking forward to working with them at the conference.
The PIO page on the ALA website offers a PDF download of “quotable library facts,” some of which I thought I’d share here. Spread the word!
- 62% of adults in the U.S. have public library cards (2010 survey)
- There are more public libraries than McDonald’s restaurants in the U.S. – a total of 16,604, including branches.
- Americans check out an average of more than seven books a year. They spend $34.95 a year for the public library – about the average cost of one hardcover book.
- More than 65% of public libraries provide services for job seekers.