Folks Are Flocking to the Library, a Cozy Place to Look for a Job – WSJ.com.
A few years ago, public libraries were being written off as goners. The Internet had made them irrelevant, the argument went. But libraries across the country are reporting jumps in attendance of as much as 65% over the past year, as newly unemployed people flock to branches to fill out rÃ©sumÃ©s and scan ads for job listings.
I guess us public libraries are going to have to re-think the way we judge our success. Circulation is still the number-one statistic we look at, and ours has been going down for several years now. If we’re getting more visitors, they’re not checking out as much.