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André Gionet
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From: OCLC [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: July 15, 2008 10:45
To: Gionet, André
Subject: New OCLC membership report now available -- "From Awareness to Funding: A study of library support in America"

OCLC Updates and Special Offers: Membership and Reports

Now available: new OCLC membership report

From Awareness to Funding: A study of library support in America

From Awareness to Funding: A study of library support in America

OCLC was awarded a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to explore attitudes and perceptions about library funding and to evaluate the potential of a large-scale marketing and advocacy campaign to increase public library funding in the U.S. The findings of this research are now available in the latest OCLC report, From Awareness to Funding: A study of library support in America.

Among the findings from the report:

  • Library funding support is only marginally related to library visitation.
  • Perceptions of librarians are an important predictor of library funding support.
  • Voters who see the library as a "transformational" force as opposed to an "information" source are more likely to increase taxes in its support.

The report suggests that targeting marketing messages to the right segments of the voting public is key to driving increased support for U.S. public libraries.

Purchase a print copy of the report or download a free, electronic version at:

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