As a library advocacy ecosystem, we have a limited understanding of what Americans think about libraries, librarians, and taxes. With the 2018 release of the From Awareness to Funding study by OCLC, we have a recent snapshot of voter attitudes. But our industry’s knowledge and understanding of what motivates and influences Americans about library funding is alarmingly limited. A core mission of the EveryLibrary Institute is to advance an open-access research agenda that is focused on voter and public perception of taxes for libraries, and not on what the user experience (as users) of libraries is. We are committed to publishing the results and outcomes of all of our research and projects in order to support the entire profession.
We work with a wide range of organizations on research projects at the intersection of libraries, politics, and library funding issues. If you have an exciting idea, need a fiscal sponsor (501c3), or want to collaborate with us on making your project even larger, we'd love to talk to you.