|News & Events
My books are being presented at the 2014 New York Library Association Book Fair on November 6-7 2014, Saratoga Springs, NY.
There are five industries that will hopefully be impacted:
1. The General Audience
2. Retail Bookstores
5. Traditional Publishers/Literary Agents
Library Facts and Figures
· There are over 139,000 libraries of all kinds in the United States today.
· In the past decade, visits have more than doubled to 1.2 billion per year— with 1.7 billion items borrowed per year.
· Seven out of every ten Americans say they use public libraries.
· Five times more people visit U.S. public libraries each year than attend U.S. professional and college football, baseball and hockey games combined.
· U.S. libraries purchase an estimated $14 billion in goods and services annually.
· For every tax dollar invested in public libraries, there was an average return of more than $4 in benefits to patrons, the community and the economy.
· Libraries employ around 350,000 librarians and other professionals, paraprofessionals, clerical and technical personnel nationwide.
· Since 1965, more than 60 education and library studies have produced clear evidence that school library media programs staffed by qualified library media specialists have a positive impact on student academic achievement.
o Three statewide studies – in Alaska, Colorado and Pennsylvania – show that a strong library media program helps students learn more and score higher on standardized achievement tests than their peers in library-impoverished schools.
Bridging the Digital Divide
· African Americans and Hispanics are twice as likely to use library computers as Asian Americans and whites.
· In 1996, only 28 percent of public library systems offered public Internet access. Today, thanks to increased resources and the E-Rate, more than 95 percent of library buildings offer public access computing, and 14 million Americans regularly use these computers at no fee.
· Families making less than $15,000 annually are two to three times more likely to rely on library computers than those earning more than $75,000.