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Title: Correlations between the economy and public library use
Authors: Skelly, Lara 
Stilwell, Christine 
Underwood, Peter G. 
Keywords: Correlations;Economic growth;Public libraries;USA;Economic development
Issue Date: 2015
Source: Skelly, L., Stilwell, C., & Underwood, P. G. (2015). Correlations between the economy and public library use. The Bottom Line: Managing library finances, 28(1/2), 26-33.
Abstract: Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the relationship between different aspects of public library use with elements of economic growth and development. Design/methodology/approach – Statistical correlations were performed to uncover statistically significant relationships. Findings – Relationships are not uniform: strongly positive relationships exist between education and visits, circulation and library programmes, savings and visits and circulation and programmes, and a strongly negative relationship exists between health and circulation. Research limitations/implications – Only one proxy variable for each of the economic development indicators was used, including the fact that others might have revealed other information. Social implications – The revealed relationships should be kept in mind by librarians and policymakers as decisions to change library services that might trickle down to citizens through economic growth and development. Originality/value – This paper brings together a variety of economic growth and development factors and several aspects of public library use in a single framework.
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