||Placing a Value on Public Library Services
Glen E. Holt, Donald Elliott, and Amonia Moore
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 projects research associate, is formerly the
vice president of a Chicago publishing firm. Ms. Moore has developed extensions of the St.
Louis study for her masters thesis in economics.
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