The Future of the Public Library & Other Thoughts

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According to Dighton’s Master Plan, 938 Dighton residents claimed some type of disability in 2010, out of the census population of 7,086. Approximately 13.2% of Dighton’s population may have difficulty using the current Dighton Public Library.

The Dighton Public Library is one of 70 libraries in communities in the Commonwealth that serve a population of 5,000 – 9,999.

Of those 70 libraries, the Dighton Public Library has the 9th smallest space.

It is the 72nd smallest library in Massachusetts, behind small libraries in western Massachusetts and on the Cape. There are a total of 370 libraries in the Commonwealth.

new starWhat is a library?

From the Pew Internet & American Life Project:

Libraries 2016

Summary of findings from the survey, released January 22, 2013
The Role of libraries in peoples lives and communities
What people do at libraries and library websites
Technology use at libraries
What people want from their libraries
The present and future of libraries

Library Trends
How Americans Value Public Libraries, released December 11, 2013

From :
Thriving communities depend on smart public investment in libraries March 31, 2017

From Brookings Institute :
How public libraries help build healthy communities

From Municipal Advocate magazine, Volume 27, No.1 (a publication of the Massachusetts Municipal Association):
Building Hope: public library construction in Massachusetts
Libraries continue their evolution to meet changing needs
Libraries are well-positioned to help job seekers
With demand growing, libraries face fiscal pressure

From The Boston Globe :
Libraries are forever: the future of libraries in the digital age (from Beta Boston, the Globe’s Business and Tech section)

From Salon :
The Internet cant replace libraries: why they matter more than ever in the age of Google, May 28, 2015

From Slate:
Slate’s Thoughts on Libraries of the Future, April 22, 2014