Public Library Locator
This long-standing program, now managed by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), works with the U.S. Census and the State Library Administrative Agencies to collect uniform statistics from more than 9,000 public libraries. Data are available for individual public libraries and are also aggregated to state and national levels.
Compare Public Libraries
This tool helps you assess your library needs and plans in context and in comparison with other libraries. The site allows you to create reports comparing one public library of interest to other public libraries. The navigation bar below the "Compare Public Libraries" banner highlights the step you are completing. Once a step is completed, you may click on it to return to that step. You may save and view your comparison report.
Compare Academic Libraries
This tool helps you assess your academic and research library needs and plans in context and in comparison with other academic and research libraries. The site allows you to create reports comparing one library of interest to other libraries. The navigation bar below the banner highlights the step you are completing. Once a step is completed, you may click on it to return to that step. You may save and view your comparison report.
Digital Inclusion Survey Interactive Map
This data visualization tool maps all public libraries using the FY2011 Public Library Survey data file. The tool overlays Census data (demographic, economic, health, and education) from the American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year dataset (2007-2011). Selected Digital Inclusion Survey data from participating libraries is also included on the map, thus showing the roles that libraries play regarding digital inclusion in their communities. The Digital Inclusion Survey is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and conducted by the ALA Office for Research & Statistics and the Information Policy & Access Center at the University of Maryland. The International City/County Management Association and the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy serve as partners on the grant.
This tool was developed by the Florida State University’s School of Library and Information Studies through a partnership with the American Library Association and the Chief Officers of State Library Associations and with support from IMLS. The IMap Libraries prototype Web-based mapping system pulls together data from different sources. The system has mapping tools that allows you to confirm your library's location or move your library to the correct place; find public libraries offering classes for computer training, jobs & workforce readiness, ESL, and e-government assistance, connect with public libraries' calendars, web sites and social media; a map with data showing library diversity; and a map to search for libraries offering Spanish Services . The site also allows you to search libraries with diversity characteristics, download individual state diversity data, and a tool also allows you to place your library on the Spanish Services Map.
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