America’s libraries: Did you know?

  • Library Champions LogoResearch shows the highest achieving students attend schools with well-staffed and well-funded library media centers.
  • The average copyright year for health and medicine titles in school libraries is 1995.  A student using these resources would not learn about mad cow disease outbreak in Britain (1996) or about the cloning of Dolly the sheep (1997).
  • Academic librarians answer 56.1 million reference questions each year— almost 10 million more than attend college football games.
  • College libraries receive just less than six cents of every dollar spent on higher education.
  • If the cost of People magazine had risen as fast as the cost of academic library periodicals since 1990, it would cost about $182 for a one-year subscription.

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