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Extension Helps Organizations Understand Public Value

What? Why? and Who? This website is for you if:

  • You are a librarian or an Extension educator who wants to communicate the value of your services to both your patrons and to the rest of the community.
  • You are an elected public official who wants public services to be as effective and efficient as possible and taxes as low as possible.

Tips on Using this Website

New or Casual Users: Use this page to guide your exploration of the topic and go to this page via: Back to Public Value

In-depth Users: The “Contents” at the bottom of this page and the “Search Community Development” found on the right under the list of programs is another option for finding things.

Public Value Narrative Example — Curt’s Story: Look at this eye-opening story about Curt, an 8-year old, reading to Winston, a therapy dog. It’s an example of what public value messaging is all about.

Creating Public Value Narratives — Public LibrariesFogler Library: What are some community-friendly tools that libraries can use to describe their public value? How can libraries adapt these tools to fit their unique library’s need? How have some libraries used these public value narratives?

Educational Resources for Public Libraries: The University of Maine Cooperative Extension, in collaboration with the Maine State Library, developed a number of educational opportunities about public value for .

Educational Resources for Extension programs:  Cooperative Extension has a 10-year history of identifying its public value, thanks to the work of University of Minnesota economist Dr. Laura Kalambokidis and Iowa State University associate dean for Extension Dr. Nancy Franz. Check here for a list of resources for Extension programs, particularly for the dynamic Master Gardener program. available.

Contacts for More Information, Authors & the Team: Jane Haskell, Extension Professor, and George Morse, Extension Faculty Associate authored most of the text. The team of content contributors, reviewers, and web developers continues to be vital as this work comes alive in our communities.

CONTENTS

Extension Helps Organizations Understand Public Value

What? Why? and Who?

Public Value Narrative Example — Curt’s Story:

Creating Public Value Narratives — Public Libraries:

Educational Resources for Public Libraries:

Educational Resources for Extension programs:

Contacts for More Information, Authors & the Team:

Understanding Public Value: What? Why? Who?

What is Private vs. Public Value?

Spillovers: An Example
Examples of public value statement

What is a public value narrative?

Why is the Public Value identification important?

Who will benefit from this website?

Librarians and Library Advocates:
Cooperative Extension Program Leaders and Advocates:
Public Officials and Taxpayers:

Discussion: Is the Content of This Website Fair or Biased?

Public Value Narrative: Curt’s Story: Reading to a Dog

Curt’s Story
The Statistic
Research on Program
Public Value Statement

Additional Examples of Public Value Narratives

All the Books are Checked Out!
Forest Gump: My First Book
Library Search Solves Medication Side Effects
La Mesa Public Library Changed My Life
The Library: Gateway to America
The Best Library
Planet of the Apes Made Me a Librarian
Saving My Butt in Seattle

Creating Public Value Narratives

Stories About Your Library
How to develop a good story
Statistics on Participation Reinforce Story
Research on Impacts of Library Programs
Public Value Statements

Educational Resources on Public Value of Libraries

Research on the Economic Value of Public Libraries

Private Value of Libraries (i.e. Direct Benefits to Library Patrons)

  • Taxpayer return on investment in Florida public libraries (2004)
  • Libraries and economic value: a review of recent studies. (2005)
  • Measuring Your Library’s Value: How to Do a Cost-Benefit Analysis for Your Public Library (2008)
  • The economic value of the free library in Philadelphia (2010)
  • Library Use Value Calculators – estimate the value for your library or your family

Public Value of Libraries (Indirect Benefits to Non-users of the Library)

  • Taxpayer return on investment in Florida public libraries (2004)
  • Measuring Your Library’s Value: How to Do a Cost-Benefit Analysis for Your Public Library (2008)
  • From Awareness to Funding– 2008 OCLC report on library support
  • Measuring the public library’s societal value: A methodological research program.(2013)

 Library Trends Relevant to Public Value

  • Libraries and Information, Maine Policy Review. (2013)
  • 2014 State of American’s Libraries,
  • “Pew Research Center: Libraries”
  • “From Awareness to Funding”
  • “The Future Of Libraries: Beginning the Great Transformation”
  • What to expect from libraries in the 21st century

Educational Resources for Extension Programs

Contacts for More Information, Authors & the Team:

Authors: Jane Haskell and George Morse

Content contributors

Reviewers

Web developers