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Assessing the Economic Value of Public Library Collections and Services:
A Review of the Literature and Meta-Analysis


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The META project Principal Investigator is Dr. Jennifer Weil Arns, Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina.   Dr. Arns' research interests include the valuation and administration of public libraries.  Her extensive publications include co-authorship of two of the most highly regarded publications in the field of public library valuation:

South Carolina Public Library Economic Impact Study

Daniel D. Barron, Robert V. Williams, Stephen Bajjaly, Jennifer Weil Arns, and Steven Wilson (2005).
The School of Library and Information Science,
University of South Carolina.


Worth Their Weight


Worth Their Weight: An Assessment of the Evolving Field of Library Valuation. Susan Imholz and Jennifer Weil Arns (2007).  Americans for Library Council.
©2006 Seattle Public Library



Dr. John M. Grego
Statistical Consultant: Dr. John M. Grego, Professor, University of South Carolina.



SchullContinuing Education Advisor: Diantha Schull, Diantha Schull Consulting, former President, Libraries for the Future.



bob williamsProject Advisor:  Dr. Robert V. Williams, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science.  Co-author of The Economic Impact of Public Libraries on South Carolina.



Graduate Assistants: Chris Cunningham, Lisa Hudgins, Karen A. Miller           

Last Updated 03/27/2013