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BULLET Placing a Value on Public Library Services
by
Glen E. Holt, Donald Elliott, and Amonia Moore
GETTING STARTED

Holt brought three colleagues into the project.

  • Professor Don Elliott, chair and graduate program director of the Economics Department at Southern Illinois University--Edwardsville (SIUE). Professor Elliott is the author of several articles and numerous reports on the economic impact of public institutions and polices. These articles and reports have addressed the measurement of regional benefits arising from individual campuses and systems of higher education and from environmental policies. His academic articles have addressed the implementation of economic impact studies, cost-benefit analysis, and government finance. Elliott became Holt's co-principal investigator on the SLPL Services Valuation Project.

  • Dr. Leslie Edmonds Holt has conducted research on teachers’ influence on their students' use of the public library and on how children use library catalogs. The current President of the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC), Leslie Holt heads an SLPL companion research project to the Services Valuation Project. This Department of Education-funded project is developing and evaluating the success of a library-based, early-literacy training model directed to families, teachers, and care providers who nurture and instruct at-risk children.

  • Anne Watts became the project's coordinator. She has specialized in government publications, federal, state, and local, and in working with statistical and demographic data, with a national leadership role in this field for more than two decades. During the past ten years, she has undertaken numerous research projects for SLPL, including a comprehensive study of SLPL business users and the development of one of the first geographic information systems in a public library.


To this team of subject and methodological researchers, Professor Elliott added one of his graduate students. Amonia Moore, the project’s research associate, is formerly the vice president of a Chicago publishing firm. Ms. Moore has developed extensions of the St. Louis study for her master’s thesis in economics.

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