Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Declining government support over the past five years can be entirely attributed to the recession. Rising unemployment and falling disposable income resulted in declining tax revenue for state and local governments, which necessitated budget cuts. Since many public libraries serve as the only source of free computers and wireless internet in their community, according to the American Library Association, funding is anticipated to rise as the economy recovers and tax revenue increases. Rising disposable income levels will also bolster consumer donations to libraries.... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
The geographic distribution of establishments in the Libraries and Archives industry largely follows the distribution of the US population. The provision of federal, state and local government funding is key to construction of public libraries, which are generally evenly spread according to the number of citizens in each state. Private libraries and archives, on the other hand, are highly skewed toward the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions.
The Mid-Atlantic represents the largest proportion of libraries and archives, with 24.0% of industry establishments. There is a large number of public libraries in both New York and Pennsylvania due to the number of colleges in the area that not only require their use but also demand state and local funding... purchase to read more