Public Libraries in the United States Survey: Fiscal Year 2015

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The Public Libraries in the United States Survey (PLS) examines when, where, and how library services are changing to meet the needs of the public. This FY 2015 PLS summarizes the reported data provided by 98 percent of public libraries and outlets in the United States.

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Viii, 111 p. :col.ill

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Institute of Museum and Library Services (U.S.) July 2018.

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  • Aldrich, Stacey State Librarian, Hawaii State Public Library System
  • Bank, Jay State Data Coordinator, Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives
  • Golrick, Michael State Data Coordinator, State Library of Louisiana
  • Hofschire, Linda Director of Library Research Service, Colorado State Library
  • Johnson, Amanda State Data Coordinator, State Library of North Carolina
  • Kyrillidou, Martha Principal, QualityMetrics LLC; Research Associate, iSchool, University of Illinois
  • Nelson, Jennifer State Librarian/Director of State Library Services, Minnesota Department of Education
  • Norman, Annie State Librarian and Director, Delaware Division of Librarie
  • Payne, Whitney State Data Coordinator, State Library of Georgia
  • Plagman, Emily Project Manager, Public Library Association
  • Ritter, James State Librarian, Maine Library Commission
  • Smith, Mark Director and Librarian, Texas State Library and Archives Commission

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  • Main Title: Public Libraries in the United States Survey: Fiscal Year 2015
  • Added Title: Public Libraries in the United States Survey: Fiscal Year 2015 (IMLS-2018)

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The Public Libraries in the United States Survey (PLS) examines when, where, and how library services are changing to meet the needs of the public. This FY 2015 PLS summarizes the reported data provided by 98 percent of public libraries and outlets in the United States.

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Viii, 111 p. :col.ill

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Public Libraries in the United States Fiscal Year 2014 (Book)

Public Libraries in the United States Fiscal Year 2014

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s approximately 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums and related organizations. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. As part of its mission, IMLS conducts policy research, analysis, and data collection to extend and improve the nation’s museum, library, and information services. IMLS research activities are conducted in ongoing collaboration with state library administrative agencies; national, state, and regional library and museum organizations; and other relevant agencies and organizations. IMLS research activities are designed to provide consistent, reliable, complete, and accurate indicators of the status and trends in library and museum services and to report timely, useful, and high-quality data to Congress, the states, other policy-makers, practitioners, data users, and the general public. Accordingly, IMLS is responsible for providing policymakers, researchers, and the general public with information about public libraries in the United States. Public libraries have a long tradition of serving as community anchors—providing a wide array of services and resources in communities. The Public Libraries Survey (PLS), under the Museum and Library Services Act of 2010 administered by IMLS, collects annual data about the ways in which public libraries serve their communities. Since 1989, the PLS has documented the ways that modern public libraries have responded to an increasingly diverse public with broader information needs. This information not only helps to identify areas of activity and community engagement but also can uncover opportunities for further services and reach. The PLS is a national census that collects information from public libraries in 50 states, the District of Columbia, and outlying territories. The data include library and community characteristics; size and use of collections; revenues, expenditures, staff, and operating hours; and use of programs and technology. PLS data are useful to researchers, journalists, the public, local practitioners, and policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels for planning, evaluation, and policymaking. More than 9,300 public libraries and 17,500 outlets participated in the fiscal year (FY) 2014 PLS, for a 97.4 percent response rate. This report summarizes the findings from the 9,070 public libraries and 17,218 outlets in the United States that reported PLS data in FY 2014 and met the definition of a public library developed by the Federal and State Cooperative System (FSCS). This report builds on the work of previous PLS annual reports by presenting national FY 2014 estimates and then examining trends across 13 key indicators of the state of public libraries in the United States with 1- and 5-year trends—and, wherever possible, 10-year trends. Examining 10-year trends provides an opportunity to observe how public libraries responded immediately in the aftermath of the Great Recession that began in December 2007 and ended in June 2009, as well as the transformations that occurred 5 years after that major economic event.

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Institute of Museum and Library Services (U.S.). Public Libraries in the United States Survey: Fiscal Year 2015, book, July 2018; Washington, DC. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1401603/: accessed January 24, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .