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2014 Performance and Accountability Report
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This report provides an overview of IMLS’s strategic goals, a description of our model of evidence-based program design, a description of how each of our grant programs contributed to our approach, and an in-depth description of five strategic priorities for fiscal year 2014. Download Document

 
Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums:Transformative Spaces for Teens
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Learn how 24 cities and counties applied new research about young people’s media practices to create physical and digital spaces for learning. This publication describes lessons learned, new models and practices and the impact of Learning Labs, supported by IMLS and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Download Document

 
Public Libraries in the United States Survey: Fiscal Year 2011
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The Public Libraries in the United States Survey examines when, where, and how library services are changing to meet the needs of the public. These data, supplied annually by more than 97 percent of public libraries across the country, provide information that policymakers and practitioners can use to make informed decisions about the support and strategic management of libraries. Download Document

 
State Library Agency Survey: Fiscal Year 2012
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This report marks the sixth release of library statistics data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). It contains data on state library agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010. The data were collected through the SLAA Survey, a product of a cooperative effort among the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), IMLS, and American Institutes for Research (AIR). Download Document

 
2015 Guide to Funding Programs and Opportunities
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This four-page overview of IMLS funding programs provides succinct information on the agency's grant and award programs, as well as agency initiatives and priorities. Download Document

 
2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service brochure
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The National Medal is an annual award made to museums and libraries that have demonstrated a long-term commitment to public service through innovative programs and community partnerships. Download Document

 
2015 Congressional Budget Justification
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The Institute of Museum and Library Service's Fiscal Year 2015 Appropriations Request to the United States Congress Download Document

 
2014 Office of Museum Services Update: Building Capacity and Leadership
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In 2013, the impact of IMLS grants was felt across the nation, in rural and urban communities, in museums both small and large. All types of museums, from art, history, and children’s museums to botanic gardens, aquaria, science and technology centers, tribal museums and zoos received support. Download Document

 
2013 Annual Report
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The Institute of Museum and Library Services FY 2013 annual report presents agency activity highlights from October 2012 - September 2013. Download Document

 
2013 Performance and Accountability Report
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This report provides an overview of IMLS’s strategic goals, a description of our model of evidence-based program design, a description of how each of our grant programs contributed to our approach, and an in-depth description of five strategic priorities for fiscal year 2013. Download Document

 
Research Brief No. 5: The State of Small and Rural Libraries in the United States
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Rural and small public libraries in the United States are community anchors, providing critical services and resources to meet a variety of local needs. This brief provides the agency’s first targeted analysis of trends for rural and small library services. Download Document

 
Growing Young Minds
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Growing Young Minds, from the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the Institute of Museum and Library Services calls upon policymakers, practitioners, and parents to make full use of libraries and museums, and the skills and talents of those who work in them, to close knowledge and opportunity gaps and give all children a string start in learning. Download Document

 
Growing Young Minds: Executive Summary
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Growing Young Minds, from the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the Institute of Museum and Library Services calls upon policymakers, practitioners, and parents to make full use of libraries and museums, and the skills and talents of those who work in them, to close knowledge and opportunity gaps and give all children a string start in learning. Download Document

 
2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service brochure
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The National Medal is an annual award made to museums and libraries that have demonstrated a long-term commitment to public service through innovative programs and community partnerships. Download Document

 
What Works! Manual
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The What Works! Manual is a new resource that helps museums and gardens address the initiative’s key priorities and provides tips and ideas for communicating positive messages about healthy and active lifestyles. Download Document

 
2014 Congressional Budget Justification
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The Institute of Museum and Library Service's Fiscal Year 2014 Appropriations Request to the United States Congress Download Document

 
Public Libraries in the United States Survey: Fiscal Year 2010
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The Public Libraries in the United States Survey report analyzes data supplied annually by over 98% of public libraries across the country. This year’s report features nine performance indicators and examines differences in library service at the locality levels (city, suburb, town, rural and national).​ Read More

 
Early Learning Task Force Meeting Notes


On December 5, 2012, IMLS and the Campaign for Grade Level Reading convened the initial meeting of the Early Learning Task Force, which includes more than a dozen senior executives from museums and public library systems, federal health and human service agency representatives, policy advocacy groups, and IMLS and Campaign leadership. Download Document

 
2012 Performance and Accountability Report
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This report provides an overview of IMLS’s strategic goals, a description of our model of evidence-based program design, a description of how each of our grant programs contributed to our approach, and an in-depth description of five strategic priorities for fiscal year 2012. Download Document

 
2012 National Medal for Museum and Library Service brochure
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The National Medal is an annual award made to museums and libraries that have demonstrated a long-term commitment to public service through innovative programs and community partnerships. Download Document

 
Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture
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Report from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Salzburg Global Seminar convening of 58 library, museum and cultural heritage leaders from 31 countries to explore the changing nature of “community,” “access,” “public value” and “participation writ large” in a digital world. Download Document

 
2013 Congressional Budget Justification
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The Institute of Museum and Library Service's Fiscal Year 2013 Appropriations Request to the United States Congress Download Document

 
Building Digital Communities: Getting Started
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A guide to help spark community conversation and action to increase broadband adoption and use. Download Document

 
Building Digital Communities: A Framework for Action
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The Framework encourages engagement across all sectors of the community so that "all people, businesses, and institutions have access to digital content and technologies that enable them to create and support healthy, prosperous, and cohesive 21st century communities.” Download Document

 
State Library Agency Survey: Fiscal Year 2010
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This report marks the fifth release of library statistics data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). It contains data on state library agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010. The data were collected through the State Library Agencies (StLA) Survey, the product of a cooperative effort between the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), IMLS, and the U.S. Census Bureau. Download Document

 
IMLS Five-Year Strategic Plan 2012 - 2016
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The complete IMLS Five-Year Strategic Plan 2012 - 2016 encourages strategic thought and action. complete plan provides details on the strategic planning process, as well as details about goal- and objective-related performance metrics and benchmarks used to measure progress. Download Document

 
Creating a Nation of Learners: IMLS Strategic Plan 2012 - 2016
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The brochure is a concise overview of the strategic plan. Goals and objectives are discussed and examples of IMLS projects that meet the plan’s objectives are provided. Download Document

 
2011 Performance and Accountability Report
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The report sets forth the agency’s goals and objectives and highlights agency programmatic, operational, and financial performance for fiscal year 2011. Download Document

 
Public Libraries in the United States: Fiscal Year 2009
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This report includes national and state summary data on public libraries in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, with an introduction, selected findings, and several tables. The report, based on data from the Public Libraries Survey for fiscal year 2009, includes information on visitation, circulation, the availability and use of library computing resources, staffing, library collections and services, and fiscal information such as operating revenue and expenditures. Download Document

 
2011 National Medal for Museum and Library Service brochure
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The National Medal is an annual award made to museums and libraries that have demonstrated a long-term commitment to public service through innovative programs and community partnerships. Download Document

 
Supporting Museums – Serving Communities: An Evaluation of the Museums for America Program (Executive Summary)
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Museums for America (MFA) is the largest IMLS grant program for museums. In 2009 and 2010, RMC Research Corporation carried out an independent evaluation of the program and found that it has had an immediate and sustained impact on museum users. Download Document

 
Research Brief No. 4: Who is in the Queue: Public Access Computer Users
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This brief provides a demographic analysis of public access computer users and uses and demonstrates that public libraries are providing much more than basic technology access. Download Document

 
Opportunity for All: How Library Policies and Practices Impact Public Internet Access
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This report offers an analysis of the service in four public library systems and makes recommendations for strategies that help to sustain and improve public access service. Download Document

 
Museum Grants for African American History and Culture Program Update, May 2011
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This report on the Museum Grants for African American History and Culture program provides data on the program and the grants made to date. It also provides guidance on writing a successful proposal and impressions from grantees. Download Document

 
Opportunity for All: How the American Public Benefits from Internet Access at U.S. Libraries
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Conducted by the University of Washington Information School and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and IMLS, this report is based on the first large-scale study of who uses public computers and Internet access in public libraries. Download Document

 
Research Brief No. 3: Majority of States Report Decline in Support for Library Services
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Like many state-level agencies, State Library Administrative Agencies are experiencing serious cuts to their budgets. These cuts come at a time when record numbers of people, across a wide range of social and economic circumstances, are turning to libraries to meet some very basic information needs.​ Download Document

 
Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens Toolkit for Participating Institutions
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The toolkit provides communications resources and programming ideas to help participants in the Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens initiative get started. Download Document

 
WebWise 2010 Conference Agenda
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The 2011 WebWise Conference on Libraries and Museums in the Digital World was held in Baltimore, March 9-11, with preconferences on the 9th and the main conference on the 10th and 11th. The theme for the 2011 conference was “Libraries, Museums, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in Research, Education, and Practice.” Download Document

 
2012 Congressional Budget Justification
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The Institute of Museum and Library Service's Fiscal Year 2012 Appropriations Request to the United States Congress Download Document

 
State Library Agencies: Fiscal Year 2009
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This report marks the fourth release of library statistics data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). It contains data on state library agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia for Fiscal Year (FY) 2009. The data were collected through the State Library Agencies (StLA) Survey, the product of a cooperative effort between the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), IMLS, and the U.S. Census Bureau. Download Document

 
Advancing Research and Practice in Digital Curation and Publishing
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Summary Report and Recommendations of the Workshop on Next Steps in Research, Education and Practice, that was held in London on June 26, 2010, and cosponsored and organized by the University College London Department of Information Studies and IMLS. Download Document

 
2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Service brochure
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The National Medal is an annual award made to museums and libraries that have demonstrated a long-term commitment to public service through innovative programs and community partnerships. Download Document

 
2010 Performance and Accountability Report
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The report sets forth the agency’s goals and objectives and highlights agency programmatic, operational, and financial performance for fiscal year 2010. Download Document

 
Connecting to Collections: A Report to the Nation
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This report describes how IMLS engaged dozens of public and private partners to reach thousands of museum and library professionals with resources and technical assistance to care for endangered collections. Download Document

 
Connecting to the World's Collections: Making the Case for the Conservation and Preservation of our Cultural Heritage
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Sixty cultural heritage leaders from thirty-two countries, including representatives from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, South America, Australia, Europe, and North America gathered in October 2009 in Salzburg, Austria, to develop a series of practical recommendations to ensure optimal collections conservation worldwide. Download Document

 
Public Libraries in the United States: Fiscal Year 2008
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This report includes national and state summary data on public libraries in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, with an introduction, selected findings, and several tables. The report, based on data from the Public Libraries Survey for fiscal year 2008, includes information on visitation, circulation, the availability and use of library computing resources, staffing, library collections and services, and fiscal information such as operating revenue and expenditures. Download Document

 
Strengthening Connections, Advancing Global Understanding: An Update on the International Strategic Partnership Initiative
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The International Strategic Partnership Initiative aims to strengthen connections between U.S. museums and libraries and their global counterparts. In 2009, IMLS convened three meetings to help the agency move forward in its international work. This update provides information about these and other recent IMLS international activities. Download Document

 
Research Brief No. 2: State Library Agency Service Trends: 1999–2008
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The second Research Brief gives an overview of the revenues, expenditures, and services provided by state library agencies (StLAs) during fiscal year (FY) 2008. Download Document

 
WebWise 2010 Conference Agenda
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The 2010 WebWise Conference was held March 4-5, at the Hyatt Regency, Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado with a day of pre-conference workshops on March 3. The theme was "Imagining the Digital Future." Conference programs addressed the successes and innovations of the past as well as the opportunities and challenges that can help drive museum and library sciences into the future. Download Document

 
2011 Congressional Budget Justification
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The Institute of Museum and Library Service's Fiscal Year 2011 Appropriations Request to the United States Congress Download Document

 
Research Brief No. 1: Service Trends in U.S. Public Libraries, 1997-2007
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The first Research Brief identifies important changes public libraries have made to address patron needs in an increasingly Internet-centric environment and explores service differences in urban and rural communities. Download Document

 
State Library Agencies: Fiscal Year 2008
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This report marks the third release of library statistics data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). It contains data on state library agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia for Fiscal Year (FY) 2008. The data were collected through the State Library Agencies (StLA) Survey, the product of a cooperative effort between the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), IMLS, and the U.S. Census Bureau. Download Document

 
2009 Performance and Accountability Report
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The report sets forth the agency’s goals and objectives and highlights our related performance and accomplishments – programmatic, operational, and financial – for fiscal year 2009. Download Document

 
2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service
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The National Medal is an annual award made to museums and libraries that have demonstrated a long-term commitment to public service through innovative programs and community partnerships. Download Document

 
Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century Skills Report
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This report outlines a vision for the role of libraries and museums in the national dialogue around learning and 21st century skills and includes case studies of innovative audience engagement and 21st century skills practices from across the country. Download Document

 
Partnership for a Nation of Learners: Joining Forces, Creating Value
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This publication provides success stories from the Partnership for a Nation of Learners program that can guide local organizations who would like to collaborate on behalf of their communities. Download Document

 
Public Libraries in the United States: Fiscal Year 2007
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This report includes national and state summary data on public libraries in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, with an introduction, selected findings, and several tables. The report, based on data from the Public Libraries Survey for fiscal year 2007, includes information on population of legal service area, service outlets, library collections and services, full-time equivalent staff, and operating revenue and expenditures. Download Document

 
Future of Museums and Libraries: A Discussion Guide
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The result of a two-day meeting in which a diverse group of colleagues came together to share and debate, this guide is designed to provide a structure for future discussion among museum and library professionals, policy makers, funders, users, researchers, and partners. Download Document

 
WebWise 2009 Conference Proceedings
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The 10th annual WebWise Conference was held in Washington, D.C., February 26-27, 2009. The conference focused on some of the problematic “Big Issues” faced by museums, libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions as they deal with emerging technologies, changing social behaviors and expectations, and new economic realities.The Proceedings Book provides summaries of each session, full text of conference keynotes, and more. Download Document

 
WebWise 2009 Conference Agenda
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The 2009 WebWise Conference was held February 26-27 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., with a day of pre-conference workshops on February 25. The theme was “Digital Debates.” Panelists and attendees discussed the complicated and sometimes problematic “Big Issues” faced by museums, libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions in terms of emerging technologies. Download Document

 
Data Note No. 1: Libraries Use Broadband Internet Service to Serve High Need Communities
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The first Data Note to be released by IMLS presents recent statistics on broadband Internet access in U.S. public libraries. It discusses how libraries use technology and provide content to meet the needs of patrons in the digital age. Download Document

 
Catalyst for Change: LSTA Grants to States Program Activities and the Transformation of Library Services to the Public
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This report underscores the value of the LSTA Grants to States program in helping libraries embrace technology, establish new service models, and engage the public. It provides a snapshot of the program, for the period from 2003 through 2006. Download Document

 
2010 Congressional Budget Justification
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The Institute of Museum and Library Service's Fiscal Year 2010 Appropriations Request to the United States Congress Download Document

 
Exhibiting Public Value
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This study provides the first major review of museum public finance in the United States. It explores public support from federal, state, and local government sources, focusing particular attention on levels of financial support and types of delivery mechanisms for public funding. Download Document

 
Public Libraries in the United States: Fiscal Year 2006
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This report includes national and state summary data on public libraries in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, with an introduction, selected findings, and several tables. The report, based on data from the Public Libraries Survey for fiscal year 2006, includes information on population of legal service area, service outlets, library collections and services, full-time equivalent staff, and operating revenue and expenditures. Download Document

 
2008 Performance and Accountability Report
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The report sets forth the agency’s goals and objectives and highlights our related performance and accomplishments – programmatic, operational, and financial – for fiscal year 2008. Download Document

 
State Library Agencies: Fiscal Year 2007
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This report marks the second release of library statistics data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). It contains data on state library agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia for state fiscal year (FY) 2007. The data were collected through the State Library Agencies (StLA) Survey, the product of a cooperative effort between the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), IMLS, and the U.S. Census Bureau. Download Document

 
2008 National Medal for Museum and Library Service brochure
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The National Medal is an annual award made to museums and libraries that have demonstrated a long-term commitment to public service through innovative programs and community partnerships. Download Document

 
Cultural Heritage Information Professionals Workshop Report


To explore the current and potential future relationships among cultural heritage information professionals in libraries, archives, and museums, as well as the role of educational institutions in preparing the professionals that will be needed in these organizations, IMLS awarded a cooperative agreement to Florida State University for a workshop on “Exploring the Intersection of LIS, Museum Studies, and Archives Studies Education for Encouraging the Development of 21st Century Cultural Heritage ​ Download Document

 
WebWise 2008 Conference Proceedings
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The 9th annual WebWise Conference was held in Miami Beach, Florida, March 5-7, 2008. Sessions featured library and museum leaders as well as experts outside of the cultural heritage community who stimulated conversation and reflected on the challenges posed by emerging technologies. The Proceedings Book provides summaries of each session, full text of conference keynotes, and more. Download Document

 
WebWise 2008 Conference Agenda
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The 2008 WebWise Conference on Libraries and Museums in the Digital World took place March 6-7 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, Florida, with a day of pre-conference workshops on March 5. The theme for this year's conference was "WebWise 2.0: The Power of Community." Download Document

 
2009 Congressional Budget Justification
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The Institute of Museum and Library Service's Fiscal Year 2009 Appropriations Request to the United States Congress Download Document

 
Museums and Libraries Engaging America’s Youth: Final Report of a Study of IMLS Youth Programs, 1998-2003
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This report shares the results of a year-long study of the impact of IMLS grants (1998-2003) though programs that served youth aged 9-19. Nearly 400 museum and library programs were surveyed about their goals, strategies, content, audience, and structure, as well as about their impact, effectiveness, and outcomes. Download Document

 
Framework of Guidance for Building Good Digital Collections


Identifies principles of good practice and current standards in four areas: collections, digital objects, metadata, and digital projects. The Framework was developed with IMLS support and is maintained by the National Information Standards Organization. Download Document

 
Public Libraries in the United States: Fiscal Year 2005
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This report includes national and state summary data on public libraries in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, with an introduction, selected findings, and several tables. The report, based on data from the Public Libraries Survey for fiscal year 2005, includes information on population of legal service area, service outlets, library collections and services, full-time equivalent staff, and operating revenue and expenditures. NCES Publication Number: 2008301 Download Document

 
Capitalize on Collections Care
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A publication of Heritage Preservation in partnership with IMLS that outlines fund-raising fundamentals, strategies, and case studies to generate new contributions, increase support, and foster new audiences for collections care activities. Download Document

 
2007 National Medal for Museum and Library Service brochure
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The National Medal is an annual award made to museums and libraries that have demonstrated a long-term commitment to public service through innovative programs and community partnerships. Download Document

 
IMLS Overview Brochure
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A general overiew of the Institute of Museum and Library Services' mission, message, goals and background. Download Document

 
Connecting to Collections Bookshelf User's Guide
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This 44-page booklet is a guide to the IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf, a core set of texts that are essential for the care of collections. Developed by Heritage Preservation, in consultation with the Getty Foundation, the guide contains an individual sheet on each text (containing bibliographical and other information), and FAQ's. Read More

 
WebWise 2007 Conference Proceedings
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The eighth annual WebWise conference, cosponsored by IMLS, OCLC, and the J. Paul Getty Trust, was held February 28–March 2 in Washington, D.C. This year’s theme was “Stewardship in the Digital Age: Managing Museum and Library Collections for Preservation and Use." The Proceedings Book provides summaries of each session, full text of conference keynotes, and more. Download Document

 
WebWise 2007 Conference Agenda
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The theme for 2007 WebWise Conference was "Stewardship in the Digital Age: Managing Museum and Library Collections for Preservation and Use. The focus of this signature IMLS initiative is to share the latest research and newest innovations in digital technology, exploring their potential impacts on library and museum services. Download Document

 
State Library Agencies: Fiscal Year 2006
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This report marks the first release of library statistics data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. It contains data on state library agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia for state fiscal year (FY) 2006. The data were collected through the State Library Agencies (StLA) Survey, the product of a cooperative effort between the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), the U.S. NCLIS, the NCES and the U.S. Census Bureau. Download Document

 
Households Use of Public and Other Types of Libraries: 2002
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This ED TAB presents a series of tabulations that highlight households’ use of public libraries. Patterns of library use by household demographic, social, economic, and geographic characteristics are presented. The data for this ED TAB were collected as part of the October 2002 Current Population Survey (CPS) Library Supplement. NCES Publication Number: 2007327 Download Document

 
ED TAB: State Library Agencies: Fiscal Year 2005
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This report provides a statistical profile of state library agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia for fiscal year 2005. The report includes information on governance, collections and services, service outlets and staff, revenue, and expenditures. The data were collected through the State Library Agencies Survey conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). NCES Publication Number: 2007300 Download Document

 
2006 National Awards for Museum and Library Service brochure
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The National Awards are made annually by to museums and libraries that have demonstrated a long-term commitment to public service through innovative programs and community partnerships. Download Document

 
E.D. TAB: Public Libraries in the United States: Fiscal Year 2004
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This report includes national and state summary data on public libraries in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, with an introduction, findings, and numerous tables. The report is based on data from the Public Libraries Survey for fiscal year 2004. NCES Publication Number: 2006349 Download Document

 
Museums and Libraries Engaging America’s Youth: Youth Practitioner's Guide
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Created for museum and library practitioners who are building, or wish to build, strong programs to reach and engage youth, this guide contains a variety of resources and references to critical works that have been gathered from the fields of youth and community development, education, and informal learning.​ Download Document

 
WebWise 2006 Conference Agenda
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The theme of the 2006 WebWise Conference is “Inspiring Discovery: Unlocking Collections." The focus of this signature IMLS initiative is to share the latest research and newest innovations in digital technology, exploring their potential impacts on library and museum services. Download Document

 
Designs for Change: Libraries and Productive Aging
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As the first of the baby boomers turn 60, public libraries are preparing to offer creative alternatives to retirement to a generation notorious for their idealism and activism. This report from the Americans for Libraries Council (ALC) and IMLS offers guidelines, demographics, and examples of model programs to public libraries interested in connecting these active older adults to new opportunities for learning, work, and community service. Download Document

 
Status of Technology and Digitization in the Nation's Museums and Libraries, 2006
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In 2001, the Institute conducted the first-ever study of the status of new technology adoption and digitization in the nation’s museums and libraries. This second study seeks to dig deeper and find out more about how and why our cultural institutions use technology and digitize their collections. It explores barriers as well as capacity and planning issues. Download Document

 
E.D. TAB: State Library Agencies: Fiscal Year 2004
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This report provides a statistical profile of state library agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia for fiscal year 2004. The report includes information on governance, collections and services, service outlets and staff, revenue, and expenditures. The data were collected through the State Library Agencies Survey conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). NCES Publication Number: 2006303 Download Document

 
2005 National Awards for Museum and Library Service brochure
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The National Awards are made annually by to museums and libraries that have demonstrated a long-term commitment to public service through innovative programs and community partnerships. Download Document

 
Heritage Health Index - Full Report
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Full Report of the Heritage Health Index (HHI), the first comprehensive survey ever conducted of the conditions and preservation needs of our nation’s collections. Conducted by Heritage Preservation in partnership with IMLS, HHI found that immediate action is needed to prevent the loss of millions of irreplaceable artifacts. Download Document

 
Heritage Health Index - Summary Report
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Summary Report of the Heritage Health Index (HHI), the first comprehensive survey ever conducted of the conditions and preservation needs of our nation’s collections. Conducted by Heritage Preservation in partnership with IMLS, HHI found that immediate action is needed to prevent the loss of millions of irreplaceable artifacts. Download Document

 
Charting the Landscape, Mapping New Paths: Museums, Libraries, and K-12 Learning
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On August 30-31, 2004 the Institute convened a conference and workshop examining the intersections of museums, libraries, and K-12 education. The resulting report captures the key issues that emerged at the workshop, highlights seminal project and partnership examples, and provides some common language around a vision for how museum/school/library collaborations can contribute to a learning society.​ Download Document

 
African American History & Culture in Museums: Strategic Crossroads and New Opportunities
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On July 16, 2004, IMLS convened a day-long forum of leaders in the African American museum community, as well as leaders in the museum community at large, to explore the evolving role of African American museums, their contributions, and their challenges. The report provides a synthesis of the July meeting.​ Download Document

 
E.D. TAB: Public Libraries in the United States: Fiscal Year 2003
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This report includes national and state summary data on public libraries in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the outlying areas, with an introduction, findings, and numerous tables. The report is based on data from the Public Libraries Survey, Fiscal Year 2003. NCES Publication Number: 2005363​ Download Document

 
Museum Data Collection Report and Analysis
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Commissioned by IMLS to assess the status of data collection activities in the museum community, the Museum Data Collection Report reinforces recommendations made by a similar 1998 study, addressing the need for systematic data collection to inform public policy and museum management decision-making.​ Download Document

 
E.D. TAB: Public Libraries in the United States: Fiscal Year 2002
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This report includes national and state summary data on public libraries in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the outlying areas for state fiscal year 2002, with an introduction, findings, and numerous tables. NCES Publication Number: 2005356 Download Document

 
E.D. TAB: State Library Agencies: Fiscal Year 2003
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This report provides a statistical profile of state library agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia for fiscal year 2003. The report includes information on governance, collections and services, service outlets and staff, revenue, expenditures, and public policy issues. The data were collected through the State Library Agencies Survey conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). NCES Publication Number: 2005330 Download Document

 
2004 National Awards for Museum and Library Service brochure
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Honors the 2004 Winners of the National Awards for Museum and Library Service. Download Document

 
E.D. TAB: State Library Agencies: Fiscal Year 2002
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This report provides a statistical profile of state library agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia for state fiscal year 2002. The report includes information on staff, revenue, expenditures, services to libraries and systems, public service hours, service outlets, service and development transactions, collections, allied operations, and electronic services. NCES Publication Number: 2004304 Download Document

 
Toward Equality of Access: The Role of Public Libraries in Addressing the Digital Divide
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Studies the role public libraries have played in helping to narrow the digital divide. Download Document

 
2003 National Awards for Museum and Library Service brochure
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Honors the 2003 Winners of the National Awards for Museum and Library Service. Download Document

 
Report of the Workshop on Opportunities for Research on the Creation, Management, Preservation and Use of Digital Content


The University of Florida, Florida Center for Library Automation, convened a workshop in March 2003 to assess research needs related to digital cultural content. This report summarizes the results of the workshop and presents suggestions for useful areas of research. Download Document

 
E.D. TAB: Public Libraries in the United States: Fiscal Year 2001
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This report includes national and state summary data on public libraries in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the outlying areas for state fiscal year 2001, with highlights and numerous tables. Data are included on circulation, library visits, reference transactions, interlibrary loans, children's program attendance, service outlets, public service hours, Internet access, staff, income, expenditures, and more. NCES Publication Number: 2003399 Download Document

 
Assessment of End-User Needs in IMLS-Funded Digitization Projects


An IMLS-commissioned study of the needs-assessment practices used in digitization projects. Download Document

 
E.D. TAB: State Library Agencies: Fiscal Year 2001
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This report provides a statistical profile of state library agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia for state fiscal year 2001. The report includes information on staff, revenue, expenditures, services to libraries and systems, public service hours, service outlets, service and development transactions, collections, allied operations, and electronic services. NCES Publication Number: 2003309 Download Document

 
2002 National Awards for Museum and Library Service brochure
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Honors the 2002 Winners of the National Awards for Museum and Library Service. Download Document

 
E.D. Tab: Public Libraries in the United States, Fiscal Year 2000
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This report provides summary data about public libraries in the 50 states and the District of Columbia (and in the outlying areas of Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, and the Virgin Islands), for state fiscal year 2000, with highlights and numerous tables. Data are included on circulation, library visits, reference transactions, interlibrary loans, children's program attendance, service outlets, public service hours, Internet access, and more. NCES Publication Number: 2002344 Download Document

 
Status of Technology and Digitization in the Nation's Museums and Libraries, 2002
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This excerpt from Getting Serious Online, a 2002 study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, notes the public’s increasing use and reliance on the Internet as a practical tool. This changing approach to the Internet and other powerful emerging technologies is also changing the way museums and libraries interact with their communities. Download Document

 
E.D. TAB: Public Libraries in the United States: Fiscal Year 1999
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This report provides summary data about public libraries in the 50 states and the District of Columbia (and in the outlying areas of Guam and the Northern Marianas), for state fiscal year 1999, with highlights and numerous tables. Data are included on circulation, library visits, reference transactions, interlibrary loans, children's program attendance, service outlets, public service hours, Internet access, staff, income, expenditures, and more. NCES Publication Number: 2002308 Download Document

 
True Needs, True Partners (2002)
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In its second study of museum-school relationships, IMLS found that the nation's museums commit more than a billion dollars and more than 18 million instructional hours every year to K-12 educational programs.​ Download Document

 
E.D. TAB: State Library Agencies: Fiscal Year 2000
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This report provides a statistical profile of state library agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia for state fiscal year 2000. The report includes information on staff, income, expenditures, services to libraries and systems, public service hours, service outlets, service and development transactions, collections, allied operations, and electronic services. NCES Publication Number: 2002302 Download Document

 
2001 National Awards for Museum and Library Service brochure
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Honors the 2001 Winners of the National Awards for Museum and Library Service. Download Document

 
E.D. TAB: Public Libraries in the United States: FY 1998
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This report provides summary data about public libraries in the 50 states and the District of Columbia (and in the outlying areas of Guam and the Northern Mariana's), for state fiscal year 1998, with highlights and numerous tables. Data are included on circulation, library visits, reference transactions, interlibrary loans, children's program attendance, circulation of children's materials, service outlets, public service hours, Internet access, staff, and more. NCES Publication Number: 2001307 Download Document

 
Public Library Trends Analysis Fiscal Years 1992-1996
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The Public Library Trends Analysis report summarizes 5 years of public library data collected through the Public Libraries Survey, for fiscal years 1992-1996. The survey is conducted annually by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) through the Federal-State Cooperative System for Public Library Data. NCES Publication Number: 2001324 Download Document

 
Sustaining Our Heritage


In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Museum Services Act, IMLS published this story of the agency’s long-standing commitment to the conservation of museum collections. Throughout 17 years of steady and unwavering support the Institute of Museum and Library Services, in partnership with American museums, has profoundly improved the care of museum collections. Download Document

 
2000 National Awards for Library Service brochure
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Honors the 2000 Winners of the National Awards for Library Service. Download Document

 
2000 National Awards for Museum Service brochure
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Honors the 2000 Winners of the National Awards for Museum Service. Download Document

 
E.D. TAB: State Library Agencies: Fiscal Year 1999
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This report provides a statistical profile of state library agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia for state fiscal year 1999. The report includes information on staff, income, expenditures, services to libraries and systems, public service hours, service outlets, service and development transactions, collections, allied operations, and electronic services. NCES Publication Number: 2000374 Download Document

 
E.D. TAB: Public Libraries in the United States: FY 1997
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This report provides summary data about public libraries in the fifty states and the District of Columbia (and the outlying area of the Northern Marianas), for state fiscal year 1997, with highlights and numerous tables. Data are included on service measures such as circulation, library visits, reference transactions, public service hours, interlibrary loans, children's program attendance and circulation of children's materials, and on staff, income, and more. NCES Publication Number: 2000316 Download Document

 
E.D. TAB: State Library Agencies, Fiscal Year 1998
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This report provides a statistical profile of state library agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia for state fiscal year 1998. The report includes information on staff, income, expenditures, services to libraries and systems, public service hours, service outlets, service and development transactions, collections, and allied operations, and electronic services. NCES Publication Number: 2000318 Download Document

 
Perspectives on Outcome Based Evaluation for Libraries and Museums
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Discusses a method of program evaluation increasingly preferred by many funders. Download Document

 
Evaluation of the NCES State Library Agencies Survey
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This report evaluates selected fiscal data collected on NCES's State Library Agencies Survey. The evaluation had two objectives: (1) to check for duplication of fiscal data collected on this survey with compliance data collected on the Annual Financial and Performance Report forms of the Office of Library Programs, a former agency of the U.S. Department of Education, and (2) to analyze selected definitions of fiscal items on the survey. NCES Publication Number: 1999312 Download Document

 
E.D. TAB: State Library Agencies: Fiscal Year 1997
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This report provides a statistical profile of state library agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia for state fiscal year 1997. The report includes information on income, operating expenditures, financial assistance to libraries, services to libraries and systems, public service hours, service outlets, service and development transactions, collections, and allied operations. NCES Publication Number: 1999304 Download Document

 
E.D. TAB: Public Libraries in the United States: FY 1996
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This report provides summary data about public libraries in the fifty states and the District of Columbia for state fiscal year 1996, with highlights and numerous tables. Data are included on service measures such as circulation, library visits, reference transactions, public service hours, interlibrary loans, children's program attendance and circulation of children's materials. NCES Publication Number: 1999306 Download Document

 
How Does Your Public Library Compare’ Service Performance of Peer Groups
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The report categorized almost 9,000 public libraries into peer groups based on size of population of the legal service area and total operating expenditures. Then, comparisons of service performance were made, based on 5 input variables and 7 output variables. The input variables included public library service hours per year, total librarians, total ALA-MLS librarians, total number ofsubscriptions, and total number of books and serials. NCES Publication Number: 98310 Download Document

 
E.D. TAB: State Library Agencies: Fiscal Year 1996
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A report of basic data on state library agencies in the 50 States and D.C. - income and expenditures, staff, numbers of outlets, library services, and type and size of collections. NCES Publication Number: 98258 Download Document

 
E.D. TAB: Public Libraries in the United States: FY 1995
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The tables in this E.D. TAB summarizes information about public libraries in the fifty states and the District of Columbia for state fiscal year 1995. They include information about service measures such as reference transactions, public service hours, inter library loans, circulation, library visits, children's program attendance and circulation of children's materials. NCES Publication Number: 98301​ Download Document

 
E.D. TAB: State Library Agencies, Fiscal Year 1995
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This report provides a statistical profile of state library agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia for state fiscal year 1995. The data were collected through the State Library Agencies Survey conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). NCES Publication Number: 97434​ Download Document

 
E.D. TAB: Public Libraries in the United States, FY 1994
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The tables in this E.D. TABS summarize information about public libraries in the fifty states and the District of Columbia for state fiscal year 1994. They include information about service measures such as reference transactions, public service hours, interlibrary loans, circulation, library visits, children's program attendance, and circulation of children's materials. NCES Publication Number: 97418​ Download Document

 
Use of Public Library Services by Households in the United States: 1996
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This report presents the findings for all households, and separately for households with and without children under age 18, on the use of library services. While information collected from public libraries includes a few of the services they provide and their service areas, little national level information is available on the use of public libraries by members of the community. NCES Publication Number: 97446 Download Document

 
E.D. TAB: State Library Agencies, Fiscal Year 1994
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This is an E.D. TAB of data on state library agencies in the 50 states and DC for fiscal year 1994, from a new annual survey. It includes tables on operating expenditures, aid to libraries, income, services to libraries and systems, public service hours, outlets, service transactions, collections, and allied operations. NCES Publication Number: 96121 Download Document

 
Public Library Structure and Organization in the United States
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This is a composite of 3 "definitions" reports and related coverage issues. It incorporates a description of organizational structures of public library service within each state as context for evaluating and using the data from the Public Library Survey. NCES Publication Number: 96229 Download Document

 
E.D. TAB: Public Libraries in the United States: 1993
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An E.D.TAB for data collected through the Federal/State Cooperative System for Public Library Data (FSCS). Data are aggregated at the State and national levels. NCES Publication Number 95129 Download Document

 
Services and Resources for Children and Young Adults in Public Libraries
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This report will present current information about the services and resources that are available to children and young adults at public libraries. It will also include information on the usage by patrons, barriers to increased usage, and library-schools-community organizations interactions. NCES Publication Number: 95357 Download Document

 
Data Comparability and Public Policy: New Interest in Public Library Data Papers Presented at Meetings of the American Statistical Association
Data Comparability and Public Policy: New Interest in Public Library Data Papers Presented at Meetings of the American Statistical Association


This volume consists of four papers presented at the 1994 Conference of the American Statistical Association. These papers exemplify a renaissance in the development of a national library statistics program. NCES Publication Number: 9407 Download Document

 
E.D. TAB: Public Libraries in the United States: 1992
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This will be an E.D. TAB for data collected through the Federal/State Cooperative System for Public Library Data (FSCS). Data will be aggregated at the State and national levels. NCES Publication Number: 94030 Download Document

 
E.D. TAB: Public Libraries in the United States: 1991
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The tables in this E.D. TABS summarize information about public libraries in FY 1991. This Information was supplied to NCES by state library agencies in machine-readable form through the Federal State Cooperative System (FSCS) for public library data. These data were collected under the fourth annual census of FSCS in July of 1992. NCES Publication Number: 93297 Download Document

 
E.D. TAB: Public Libraries in the United States: 1990
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This E.D. TABS presents FY 1990 state and national data aggregated from individual public libraries in the United States. These data were collected under the third annual census of the Federal-State Cooperative System (FSCS) in July of 1991. This E.D. TABS includes information about staffing, service outlets, operating Income and expenditures, size of collection, and more. NCES Publication Number: 92028 Download Document

 
E.D. TAB: Public Libraries in 50 States and the District of Columbia: 1989
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This report includes national and state summary data on public libraries in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, with an introduction, selected findings, and several tables. All 51 state library agencies, for the first time, reported basic descriptive statistics about public libraries to the National Center for Education Statistics in machine-readable format. NCES Publication Number: 91343 Download Document

 
Services and Resources for Children in Public Libraries, 1988-89
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This report presents the findings of the first national survey of public libraries on the services and resources available to children. Survey items include the availability of library resources and services to children, the usage of library services by children, the number of group programs at the library for children and child care-givers, and more. NCES Publication Number: 90098 Download Document