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Friday, November 21, 2014

Fact: @AudubonZoo Insectarium is North America's largest museum devoted to insects and their relatives. #FactFriday

Learn more: The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, New Orleans, LA, is a 23,000-square-foot (2,100 m2) facility and has more than 50 live exhibits and numerous multimedia elements. The garden and insectarium is part of the Audubon Nature Institute. www.auduboninstitute.org/visit/insectarium

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fact: It’s in the stars! @adlerskywatch is the first planetarium in the US and opened May 12, 1930. #FactFriday

Learn more: The Adler Planetarium houses one of the world's finest collections of antique astronomical instruments including sundials, telescopes, astrolabes and more. Some of the oldest artifacts date back to the twelfth century. The Doane Observatory is located east of the Adler's main building and beside the shores of Lake Michigan. In June 2013, the Adler launched the Doane Observatory Teen Docent Program Pilot in efforts to expand programming for young people engaged in hands-on STEM learning experiences.  www.adlerplanetarium.org

Friday, November 7, 2014

Fact: The American Bald Eagle Foundation Museum, Haines, AK, has over 200 specimens of wildlife. #FactFriday

Learn more: The American Bald Eagle Foundation Museum is dedicated to the preservation of our National Symbol. The museum is located in Haines, AK, close to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve and home to the largest concentration of Bald Eagles in the world. The museum features live raptor demonstrations, which  include 2 Bald Eagles, 4 Owls, 2 Redtailed hawks, a Raven, a Eurasian Eagle Owl and 2 Falcons. http://baldeagles.org

Friday, October 31, 2014

Fact: Scary! @salemwitchmuse is dedicated to witches, specifically Salem Witch Trials of 1692. #FactFriday #HappyHalloween

Learn more: Since 1972, the Salem Witch Museum has told the true story behind the Salem witch trials of 1692.  The main presentation follows the history of witches, witchcraft and witch hunts through the ages. http://salemwitchmuseum.com

Friday, October 24, 2014

Fact: @IntlSpyMuseum has the largest collection of international espionage artifacts placed on public display. #FactFriday

Learn more: The International Spy Museum explores the craft, practice, history, and contemporary role of espionage.  It is the only public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage and the only one in the world to provide a global perspective on an all-but-invisible profession that has shaped history and continues to have a significant impact on world events. www.spymuseum.org

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fact: @thewilds w/@ColumbusZoo, is home to 350 mammals, including 31 rare & endangered species. #FactFriday

Learn more: In 2011 more than 50 animals were born at The Wilds (International Center For the Preservation of Wild Animals, Inc.), Cumberland, OH, and they live in natural, open-range habitats.  The property is made up of 14 square miles that includes 2,000 square acres of pastures, approximately 100 lakes, and a 27-acre Carnivore Conservation Center. www.thewilds.org

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fact: The @MarinersMuseum, Newport News, VA, 550-acre park is the largest privately maintained park in the US. #FactFriday

Learn more: The Mariners' Museum has over 60,000 square feet of gallery space with a collection totaling approximately 32,000 objects including rare figureheads, handcrafted ship models, Civil War ironclad USS Monitor artifacts, paintings, and more.  A permanent exhibition, Age of Exploration, chronicles the developments in shipbuilding, ocean navigation, and cartography that made the voyages of the fifteenth through eighteenth centuries possible. The park has a five-mile of shoreline trail with fourteen bridges. www.marinersmuseum.org

Friday, October 3, 2014

Fact: @PDXArtMuseum, est. 1892, is one of the oldest (7th) art museums in the US & the oldest in the #PNW. #FactFriday

Learn more: The Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, includes a collection of 42,000 objects and reflects the history of art from ancient times to today. The collection is distinguished for its holdings of arts of the native peoples of North America; modern and contemporary art; Asian and American art; photographs, prints, and drawings; and English silver. www.portlandartmuseum.org

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fact: @WartherMuseum, is home to over 64 model trains made from wood & ivory all carved to exacting detail. #FactFriday

Learn more: The Warther Museum is dedicated to Ernest “Mooney” Warther (1885-1973), the world’s master carver. Carving was a hobby, and he made is living making kitchen cutlery.  The museum grounds is also home to the Button House where Freida, Mooney’s wife, collected and mounted over 70,000 buttons. The Warther family continues the tradition of carving wooden pliers out of one piece of wood as Mooney had begun many years ago. www.warthers.com

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fact: Arrr! @ThePirateMuseum in St. Augustine, FL, displays one of world’s oldest Wanted Posters. #FactFriday #ITLAPD

Learn more: The original poster (1696) from the King of England demands the capture of pirate Henry Every, also known as the Arch Pirate. The St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum has more than 800 unique artifacts when Pirates ruled the seas during the Golden Age of Piracy. http://thepiratemuseum.com

Friday, September 12, 2014

Fact: @Studebaker05in South Bend, IN, has 120 vehicles in the collection. #FactFriday

Learn more: The Studebaker National Museum includes the Studebaker Corporation’s “original collection” of 37 vehicles that were given to the City of South Bend in 1966. The museum displays approximately 70 vehicles at any time, with an additional 40 vehicles are kept in “visible storage” in the museum’s lower level. The collection features several one-of-a-kind vehicles including the 1956 Packard Predictor and the 1934 Bendix SWC.  www.studebakermuseum.org

Friday, September 5, 2014

Fact: @mysticaquarium is home to one of the nation’s largest outdoor beluga whale habitats. #FactFriday #NationalMedal

Learn more:  The Mystic Aquarium, Mystic, CT, maintains a diverse collection of more than 4,000 animals, including fish, invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, and marine mammals. Species represented at the aquarium include beluga whales, Steller sea lions, and African penguins. The Mystic Aquarium has developed authentic, hands-on, technology-rich science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) opportunities and training to illustrate various career pathways in STEM. The Mystic Aquarium is the largest informal science education provider in Connecticut and Southeastern New England, reaching 100,000 students annually. www.mysticaquarium.org

Read the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service brochure: www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/Medals2014Brochure.pdf

Friday, August 29, 2014

Fact: The Great Hall in the @BuildingMuseum, Washington DC, is 316’ by 116’, & 159’ at its highest point. #FactFriday

Learn more:  The National Building Museum, built in the late 1800s (1882-1887), used 15,500,000 bricks with brick and terra cotta ornament.  The Corinthian Columns are 75 feet high, 8 feet in diameter, 25 feet in circumference. Each built with 70,000 bricks and originally painted to resemble marble in 1895. www.nbm.org

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fact:  #NationalMedal winner @bklynbotanic connects more than 750,000 visitors annually to the world of plants. #FactFriday

Learn more:  The Brooklyn Botanic Garden also engages more than 200,000 children, teachers, and diverse local neighborhood residents per year through education and community-based programs, with generations visiting the garden regularly as part of growing up in Brooklyn.  The world-class collections provide unique opportunities for public environmental education. More than 12,000 plant species and cultivated varieties, including nearly 300 rare or endangered species, are displayed in 13 distinct garden settings and five indoor, controlled conservancy environments. www.bbg.org

Read the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service brochure: www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/Medals2014Brochure.pdf

Friday, August 15, 2014

Fact: @CarnegieMNH, Pittsburgh, PA, has 22 million specimens. #FactFriday

Learn more: Of these 22 million specimens, 10,000 are on view at any given time in 20 galleries. The museum has 113,000 sq. ft. of gallery, research, library, and office space. Researchers worldwide use data and images of nearly one million objects in the museum’s collection which are cataloged in online databases. www.carnegiemnh.org

Friday, August 8, 2014

Fact: In FY2011, the number of public librarians has remained stable over 10 years, averaging 4.0 public librarians per 25,000 people. #FactFriday

Learn more:  Librarians comprise one-third of the overall public library staff. http://1.usa.gov/NWo0T8

Friday, August 1, 2014

Fact: In FY11, public libraries saw a decrease in the # of full-time equivalent staff since the recession. #FactFriday

Learn more:  http://1.usa.gov/NWo0T8

Friday, July 25, 2014

Fact: In FY11, there were 261,413 public access Internet computers available at public libraries in the US. #FactFriday

Learn more: http://1.usa.gov/NWo0T8

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fact: In FY11, there were 3.8 mil programs offered at public libraries, an increase of 46.7% since FY04. #FactFriday

Learn more: Most programs (70.0%) were targeted to children. http://1.usa.gov/NWo0T8

Friday, July 11, 2014

Fact: In FY11, public libraries had an increase in # of collection materials – 3,164.1 materials per capita. #FactFriday

Learn more: Although books continue to comprise the majority of the nation’s public library collection holdings, public library collections continue to shift from print books to non-print and digital materials. http://1.usa.gov/NWo0T8

Friday, Jun 27, 2014

Fact: In FY11, public libraries had an increase in # of collection materials – 3,164.1 materials per capita. #FactFriday

Learn more: Although books continue to comprise the majority of the nation’s public library collection holdings, public library collections continue to shift from print books to non-print and digital materials. http://1.usa.gov/NWo0T8

Friday, Jun 20, 2014

Fact: In FY11, public libraries spent $10.7 billion in operating expenditures, a 10-year increase of 9.2%. #FactFriday

Learn more: Operating expenditures per capita was $32.28. Two-thirds of library operating expenditures went to support the workforce through salaries and benefits.  Expenditures on electronic materials and staff benefits increased from FY 2010. http://1.usa.gov/NWo0T8

Friday, Jun 13, 2014

Fact: In FY11, the public invested over $11.4 billion to public libraries. #Fact Friday

Learn more:  Although this is a 10-year increase of 8.5%, revenue has decreased by 3.8% since the recession in FY 2008. Revenue per capita for public libraries was $38.09, a decrease of 1.8% from FY 2010. http://1.usa.gov/NWo0T8

Friday, June 6, 2014

Fact: In FY11, there were 341.5 mil usage sessions on public access Internet computers at public libraries. #FactFriday

Learn more: This is a decrease of 7.2% since FY 2006. http://1.usa.gov/NWo0T8

Friday, May 30, 2014

Fact: In FY2011, attendance at public library programs has increased for the eighth year.  #FactFriday

Learn more: Public libraries reported 89.0 million people attending 3.81 million programs. This is a 32.3% increase in attendance and 46.7% increase in the number of programs since FY 2004. http://1.usa.gov/NWo0T8

Friday, May 23, 2014

Fact: In FY11, public libraries circulated 2.44 billion materials, a 10-year increase of 29.0%.#FactFriday

Learn more: There were 8.1 materials circulated per person. One-third of circulated materials (34.5%) were children’s materials. http://1.usa.gov/NWo0T8

Friday, May 16, 2014

Fact: In FY2011, there were 8,956 public libraries in the US, which served 299.9 million people (95.3% of the US population). #FactFriday

Learn more: http://1.usa.gov/NWo0T8

Friday, April 18, 2014

Fact: There are 10 key ways in which museum/libraries are supporting a strong start for #EarlyLearning. #FactFriday

Learn more: The report, Growing Young Minds: How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong Learners, describes and gives examples on how each way works to leverage the unique assets that libraries and museums offer to nurture the passion and skills for learning, promote seamless linkages between formal and informal learning, and engage children from low-income families so that they, too, can participate in the new learning landscape. http://www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/GrowingYoungMinds.pdf

Friday, April 11, 2014

Fact: In FY11 6,909 public libraries (77.1%) in the US that had a legal service area population of < 25,000 #FactFriday

Learn more: Most small libraries (74.8%) had a service population of less than 10,000. Overall, small libraries served a population of 46.0 million people, 15.4% of the total population served by public libraries. Most small public libraries were in towns (25.3%) or rural areas (56.3%). Perhaps not surprisingly, very few small public libraries are in cities (0.4%). http://www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/Brief2013_05.pdf

Friday, April 4, 2014

Fact: In FY 2013, IMLS awarded $78.3 million in grants to support lifelong learning. #FactFriday

Learn more: The report, Growing Young Minds: How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong Learners, provides dozens of examples and identifies 10 key ways libraries and museums are supporting young children. Libraries and museums are trusted, welcoming places where children make discoveries, deepen common interests, expand words and knowledge, and connect their natural curiosity to the wider world. http://www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/GrowingYoungMinds.pdf

Friday, March 28, 2014

Fact: Rural libraries had $1.09 billion in total revenue in FY2011, a one-year decrease of 3.4%.

Learn more: The median revenue for rural libraries overall was $69,215. However, there was wide variability across rural libraries, ranging from $0 to $20.4 million, and there is a significant relationship between the size of a library’s service area population and revenue (r = 0.84), with eight rural libraries serving populations in excess of 250,000 people. http://www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/Brief2013_05.pdf

Friday, March 21, 2014

Fact: Kids in affluent homes are 3x more likely to visit a library/museum than those in low income homes. #FactFriday

Learn more: In August 2013 IMLS released findings about kindergarteners’ use of libraries and museums. The good news is that use is strong with about half of all parents reporting that they had visited libraries and/or museums. However, the most powerful predictor of visitation was socioeconomic status. Children living in the most affluent households were three times more likely to visit a library or a museum than children living in the most impoverished households. A complete report is due out next year. http://blog.imls.gov/?p=4060

Friday, March 14, 2014

Fact: Small and rural libraries make up the majority of public library systems in the United States (80.5%). #FactFriday

Learn more: Rural and small public libraries provide a variety of critical services and information resources to meet the needs of residents across the United States. Recognizing the unique needs of rural communities, state governments and federal agencies1 support targeted programs to promote social and economic development. http://www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/Brief2013_05.pdf

Friday, March 7, 2014

Fact: The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex. #FactFriday

Learn more: The Smithsonian includes 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoo. They are located in the Washington, DC metro area and two are in New York City. Most are free and open every day except December 25. http://www.si.edu/Museums

Friday, February 28, 2014

Fact: In FY2011, there were 167.6 million recorded visits to rural public libraries. #FactFriday

Learn more: Median visitation to rural public libraries was 11,282. Average visitation per capita at rural public libraries was 6.7 visits per year; the average visitation per capita at rural remote libraries was 7.6 visits per year. http://www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/Brief2013_05.pdf

Friday, February 21, 2014

Fact: Dee, a Columbian Mammoth, was 65 to 70 when he died approximately 11,600 years ago. #FactFriday

Learn more: January 2013 Project Profile. In March 2006, backhoe operator Dee Zimmerscheid uncovered huge bones as he prepared an oil well site on the Allemand Ranch outside Glenrock, Wyoming. Given Wyoming’s exceptional fossil history, Dee and site supervisor Bill Allen realized the find could be significant. They contacted the landowners, who brought in the Tate Geological Museum’s curator, Dr. Kent Sundell. Dr. Sundell identified the remains as mammoth bones. The oil companies involved moved the well to allow excavation and the landowners generously donated the skeleton to the museum. The mammoth was named Dee, in honor of his discoverer, Mr. Zimmerscheid. http://www.imls.gov/january_2013_ancient_mammoth_newfound_paleontological_pride.aspx

Friday, February 14, 2014

Fact: There are Thirteen Presidential Libraries & Museums in the US administered by the Office of Presidential Libraries. #FactFriday

Learn More: The presidential library system is made up of thirteen presidential libraries operated by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Presidential Libraries offer programs that provide a different perspective on history and the Presidency. Presidential Libraries are repositories for the papers, records and historical materials of the Presidents. The Presidential Libraries work to ensure that these irreplaceable items are preserved and made available for the widest possible use by researchers. http://www.archives.gov/presidential-libraries/visit

Friday, February 7, 2014

Fact: In February the @letsmove initiative turns four years old. @FLOTUS will be celebrating, and so will IMLS! #FactFriday

Learn more: Let’s Move! is a national initiative to get kids moving and eating healthy food. It aims to support healthy children and families. Through Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens, museums, zoos, gardens, science and technology centers can join the call to action.

IMLS Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens: www.imls.gov/letsmove; Let’s Move!: www.letsmove.gov

Friday, January 31, 2014

Fact: The FCC estimates that more than 60 million people lack the digital literacy skills they need. #FactFriday 

Learn more: The FCC estimates that more than 60 million people lack the digital literacy skills they need. Our work on digital communities reached an important milestone when WebJunction released an IMLS-supported State Library Guidebook: Support for Digital Literacy in Public Libraries to help libraries explore potential state-level investments and partnerships that advance digital literacy efforts. http://webjunction.org/content/dam/WebJunction/Documents/webJunction/DLG_Complete_v2.pdf. See page 9 of the IMLS 2013 Annual Report: http://www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/2013AnnualReport.pdf

Friday, January 24, 2014

Fact: The typical U.S. adult read five books in the past 12 months. @pewresearch #FactFriday

Learn more: http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2014/E-Reading-Update/A-Snapshot-of-Reading-in-America-in-2013/Whos-reading-and-how-a-demographic-portrait.aspx#footnote4

Friday, January 17, 2014

Fact: In 2011, the production of arts and cultural goods and services employed 2 million workers. #FactFriday

Learn more: http://arts.gov/news/2013/us-bureau-economic-analysis-and-national-endowment-arts-release-preliminary-report-impact#sthash.4fVlE4AE.dpuf

Friday, January 10, 2014

Fact: In 2011, the United States exported $10.4 billion more ACP commodities than it imported.  #FactFriday

Learn more: http://arts.gov/news/2013/us-bureau-economic-analysis-and-national-endowment-arts-release-preliminary-report-impact#sthash.4fVlE4AE.dpuf

Friday, January 3, 2014

Fact: The arts suffered more than the overall economy during the great recession of 2007-2009. #FactFriday

Learn more: http://arts.gov/news/2013/us-bureau-economic-analysis-and-national-endowment-arts-release-preliminary-report-impact#sthash.4fVlE4AE.dpuf

Friday, December 20, 2013

Fact: In 2011, the gross output of ACP was $916 bil. Advertising output held largest share of ACP w/$200 bil. #FactFriday

Learn more: http://arts.gov/news/2013/us-bureau-economic-analysis-and-national-endowment-arts-release-preliminary-report-impact#sthash.4fVlE4AE.dpuf

Friday, December 13, 2013

Fact: In 2011, value added from arts & cultural production (ACP) accounted for nearly 3.2%, or $504 bil, of GDP. #FactFriday

Learn more: http://arts.gov/news/2013/us-bureau-economic-analysis-and-national-endowment-arts-release-preliminary-report-impact#sthash.4fVlE4AE.dpuf

Friday, November 29, 2013

Fact: Museums receive approximately 55 million visits each year from students in school groups. #FactFriday

Learn more: Museums Partner with Schools: Museums receive approximately 55 million visits each year from students in school groups. For more information see the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) web site: http://www.aam-us.org/home. Facts: http://www.aam-us.org/about-museums/museum-facts

Friday, November 22, 2013

Fact: In FY 2010 Public libraries lost staff. Since FY2008, staff decreased by 3.9%. #FactFriday

Learn more: The recession has had an impact on the public library workforce. The public library workforce decreased overall by 6,385 FTE staff since FY 2008, a decrease of 3.9 percent. In terms of job loss, other paid staff took the initial hit from the recession, with a 1.2 percent decrease from FY 2008 to 2009 and a 4.6 percent decrease from FY 2008 to 2010. Librarians did not experience a loss in the first year after the recession, but there was a decrease of 2,622 FTE librarian positions, a decrease of 2.2 percent, since FY 2009. http://www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/PLS2010.pdf

Friday, November 15, 2013

Fact: Museum volunteers contribute a million hours of service every week. #FactFriday

Learn more: Museums Are Popular: Museum volunteers contribute a million hours of service every week.For more information see the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) web site: http://www.aam-us.org/home. Facts: http://www.aam-us.org/about-museums/museum-facts

Friday, November 8, 2013

Fact: FY 2010 Public Library Survey shows 1st decrease in expenditures in 10 years with a 3% decrease since FY9. #FactFriday

Learn more: Total operating expenditures in public libraries were $10.77 billion in FY 2010, a decrease of $285.20 million from FY 2009, and a 1-year decrease of 2.6 percent after adjusting for inflation. This was the first year of decreased expenditures since FY 2001, with an overall 10-year increase of 16.5 percent. Per capita spending at public libraries was $36.18 in FY 2010, reflecting a decrease of 3.0 percent since FY 2009, but a 10-year increase of 6.7 percent (Figure 4-1; page 22). http://www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/PLS2010.pdf

Friday, November 1, 2013

Fact: About 17% of museums are located in rural areas with fewer than 20,000 residents. #FactFriday

Learn more: Museums Serve Every Community: About 17% of museums are located in rural areas with  fewer than 20,000 residents; other museums reach these communities with traveling vans, portable exhibits, and robust online resources. For more information see the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) web site: http://www.aam-us.org/home. Facts: http://www.aam-us.org/about-museums/museum-facts

Friday, October 25, 2013

Fact: From FY 2001-FY 2010, libraries' local government revenue increased by 23.5% after adjusting for inflation. #FactFriday

Learn more: Revenue from local governments accounted for $9.58 billion in FY 2010, a decrease of $269.09 million (2.7 percent) from FY 2009. However, revenue from local government has increased over the long term, exhibiting a 10-year increase of $1.83 billion, an increase of 23.5 percent after adjusting for inflation. In contrast, revenue from state government has steadily decreased since FY 2001. Revenues from state government accounted for $799.41 million, a decrease of $83.17 million (9.4 percent) from FY 2009 and an overall 10-year decrease of $481.40 million (37.6 percent) since FY 2001. http://www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/PLS2010.pdf

Friday, October 18, 2013

Fact: 78% of all U.S. leisure travelers participate in cultural or heritage activities. #FactFriday

Learn more: Museums Are Economic Engines: 78% of all U.S. leisure travelers participate in cultural or heritage activities. For more information see the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) web site: http://www.aam-us.org/home. Facts: http://www.aam-us.org/about-museums/museum-facts

Friday, September 27, 2013

Fact: In FY 2010 public libraries lost $407.79 mil in revenue, mostly from state & federal government. #FactFriday

Learn more: Total operating revenue for public libraries was $11.30 billion in FY 2010 (Figure B; page 9), falling for the first time in 10 years, most likely a result of budget cuts from the recession. From FY 2009 to 2010, total revenue decreased by $407.79 million, a 3.5 percent decrease after adjusting for inflation.5 Revenue per capita was $37.97, which reflected a 1-year decrease of 3.9 percent, but a 10-year increase of 3.1 percent from FY 2001. http://www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/PLS2010.pdf

Friday, September 20, 2013

Fact: Museums spend more than $2 billion a year on education activities. #FactFriday

Learn more: Museums Partner with Schools: Museums spend more than $2 billion a year on education activities; the typical museum devotes three-quarters of its education budget to K-12 students.For more information see the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) web site: http://www.aam-us.org/home. Facts: http://www.aam-us.org/about-museums/museum-facts

Friday, September 13, 2013

Fact: In FY 2010 the number of e-books in libraries tripled since FY 2003. #FactFriday [link to running log]

Learn more: The composition of public library collections has changed dramatically in recent years. While books in print continue to dominate the physical portion of the collection, making up 87.1 percent of the total in FY 2010, the share of non-print materials, including audio and video materials and electronic books, has increased. The number of e-books has tripled since FY 2003. http://www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/PLS2010.pdf

Friday, September 6, 2013

Fact: The oldest children's museum is the Brooklyn Children's Museum (New York), which opened in 1899.

Learn more: Brooklyn Children’s Museum: www.brooklynkids.org. For more information check out the Association of Children’s Museums web site: www.childrensmuseums.org. Facts: www.childrensmuseums.org/index.php/childrens-museum-facts.html

Friday, August 30, 2013

Fact: In FY 2010 library circulations rose to 2.46 bil materials. Children’s materials were 1/3 of all circs. #FactFriday

Learn more: Public libraries circulated 2.46 billion materials in FY 2010, the highest circulation in 10 years, representing a continued increasing trend. Circulation of children’s materials has increased by 28.3 percent in the last 10 years and comprises over one-third of all materials circulated in public libraries. www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/PLS2010.pdf

Friday, August 23, 2013

Fact: There are approximately 850 million visits each year to American museums (483 million in 2011). #FactFriday

Learn more: There are approximately 850 million visits each year to American museums, more than the attendance for all major league sporting events and theme parks combined (483 million in 2011). By 2006, museums already received an additional 524 million online visits a year just from adults, a number that continues to grow.For more information see the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) web site: www.aam-us.org. Facts: www.aam-us.org/about-museums/museum-facts

Friday, August 16, 2013

Fact: Folks ♥ public libraries! Americans visited a public library 5.3 times per year in FY2010! #FactFriday

Learn more: While physical visits to library buildings decreased for the first time in 10 years from the prior year, visitation still remains strong with an overall 10-year increase of 32.7 percent. On average, Americans visited a public library 5.3 times per year, a 10-year increase of 21.7 percent. Although the national visitation rate is down slightly from 2009, the story at the state level is mixed, with most states showing a decrease, but some having increases. www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/PLS2010.pdf

Friday, August 9, 2013

Fact: The largest children's museum is The Children's Museum of Indianapolis (Indiana), which has a total of 433,000 square feet. #FactFriday

Learn more: For more information check out the Association of Children’s Museums website: www.childrensmuseums.org. Facts: http://www.childrensmuseums.org/index.php/childrens-museum-facts.html

Friday, August 2, 2013

Fact: The number of computers in public libraries have doubled between FY 2000 to FY 2010. #FactFriday

Learn more: Public access computer use continued to be one of the fastest growing services in public libraries. In FY 2010, public libraries reported a computer use rate of more than one use for every five visits to the library. Public libraries have responded to demand by increasing access, doubling the number of computers in the past 10 years. www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/PLS2010.pdf

Friday, July 26, 2013

Fact: Museums preserve and protect more than a billion objects. #FactFriday

Learn more: For more information see the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) web site: www.aam-us.org
AAM Museum Facts: www.aam-us.org/about-museums/museum-facts

Friday, July 19, 2013

Fact: In FY 2010 libraries provided 3.75 million programs, more than ever before. 61.5% were made for children. #FactFriday

Learn more: Public libraries offered 3.75 million programs to the public in FY 2010, which amounts to an average of at least 1 program a day for every library system in the country. The majority of these programs (61.5%) are designed for children. Attendance at programs has continued to increase, indicating an increased demand for these services. www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/PLS2010.pdf