Public library facility closure: An investigation of reasons for closure and effects on geographic market areas

Source: Christie M. Koontz, Dean K. Jue, Bradley Wade Bishop, Library & Information Science Research, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 20 February 2009
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From the abstract:
Through a nationwide survey of potential public library closures from 1999-2003 (the most recent federal dataset at the time of the study), the researchers assessed the reasons for public library closure, actions taken to alleviate possible loss of library services and resources, and the potential effects on users from the librarians’ perspective. Geographic information systems (GIS) was used to analyze the demographics and socioeconomics of the geographic market areas around permanently closed library facilities and compared with national averages from the 2000 U.S. Census. The study found a variety of factors lead to closure; however, a lack of use, a…

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