Public Libraries are needed more than ever - they contribute to two of the three dimensions of national success, and are crucial to one of them. In a guest Opinion piece in yesterday's Boston Globe, Michael E. Porter wrote "The Social Progress Index defines social progress according to three broad dimensions: Does a country have the capacity to satisfy the basic human needs of its people? Does a country have the institutions and conditions in place to allow its citizens and communities to improve their quality of life? And does a country offer an environment in which each citizen has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential?" You can read Porter's essay at "Better measuring a country: GDP is not the best way to quantify national success"