Posted by: bluesyemre | July 29, 2013

Iowa Libraries Refocus Spending as New Technologies Change the Way People Read

  • No longer limited to ink and paper, Iowa’s public libraries are spending increasing amounts of money on new technologies, such as eBooks and iPads. The number of computers in these libraries increased 76 percent from 2003 and 2012. But it has come at a cost. Some items – notably magazines, newspapers, compact discs and reference materials such as encyclopedias – no longer are being purchased. Library operators are expanding the percentage of their budgets spent on technology. And staff training to understand expensive technology and maintaining it is a challenge, particularly at a time when budgets are razor-thin.


Iowa Library Collection Expenditures from FY2003 to FY2012


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