Understanding the Social Wellbeing Impacts of the Nation’s Libraries and Museums
The Institute of Museum and Library Services has published a new study, Understanding the Social Wellbeing Impacts of the Nation’s Libraries and Museums, which examines the role of museums and libraries in promoting social well-being in communities across the United States.
The study found that the presence and use of public libraries and museums are positively associated with multiple dimensions of social well-being, in particular community health, school effectiveness, the institutional connection and the cultural offer.
The research, led by the Reinvestment Fund, in collaboration with the Social Impact of the Arts Project (SIAP) at the University of Pennsylvania and HR&A Advisors, revealed similarities in the impact of libraries and museums on communities, but it also highlighted the differences and challenges related to applying the same analytical approach to two different sectors.
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