The value of library services in development
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic and Social Council;
United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
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Learners from institutions where library use is part of the learning process are more likely to become equipped for the society and occupational effectiveness than those without proper library habits. Libraries are also central for the development of literacy, a critical component of the development of intellectual capital of a community, an attribute which initiates a ripple effect on an individual's ability to become gainfully employed, increase his or her income and make effective contributions to society. In spite of their enormous power to propel human progress, libraries are increasingly asked to justify the resources spent on them, to justify even their very existence. In this climate, libraries must be accountable, responsive, and effective in portraying the value of their services to funding authorities, be they public or private. These imperatives have led to a new emphasis on quantitative assessments to provide hard evidence about the extent of their value to the society or their sponsors.