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We (my wife and I) are celebrating the 11th Anniversary of HAPLR, and more importantly, our 38th Anniversary. The HAPLR system uses data provided by 9,000 public libraries in the United States to create comparative rankings. The comparisons are in broad population categories. HAPLR provides a comparative rating system that librarians, trustees and the public can use to improve and extend library services. I am the director of Waukesha County Federated Library System.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Planning and Public Libraries

I am greatly indebted to that great librarian and library advocate Kathleen de la Peña McCook for the tip on this article.

The article is in the Planning Commissioners Journal. It touts the economic impact of building libraries and could be a good thing to give to city councils considering library buildings.

Libraries do a lot more for economic development than sports complexes and the like. We must let that be known again and again.

For a limited time, download a complimentary pdf of this article from the site's page.

de la Pena McCook’s site can be reached at:

From the article:
Libraries at the Heart of Our Communities
by Wayne Senville

There's been a dramatic change in the mission of libraries across the country. No longer just static repositories of books and reference materials, libraries are increasingly serving as the hub of their communities, providing a broad range of services and activities. They are also becoming important "economic engines" of downtowns and neighborhood districts."

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