Reinventing the public value of libraries

Source: Nick Field & Rosie Tran, Public Library Quarterly, Latest Articles, Published online: January 11, 2018
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From the abstract:
Libraries worldwide have had to re-think their purpose and adapt to changing community needs and expectations. They are no longer simply repositories for old books. Rather, they are vital components of a community’s social and economic infrastructure that connects communities and fosters creativity and innovation. This paper explores the changing role of libraries—and public value organizations more broadly—in creating positive social, economic, and environmental outcomes for individuals and communities.