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IMLS Releases FY 2014 Public Libraries Survey Data
Washington, DC—Today, the Institute of Museum and Library Services released the data for the FY 2014 Public Libraries Survey. Accompanying FY 2014 data are new online visualizations and tools to make the data easier to explore and use.
Since 1988, the annual Public Libraries Survey has provided a national census of public libraries in the United States. The data are collected from approximately 9,000 public library systems comprised of over 17,000 individual main libraries, library branches, and bookmobiles in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and outlying territories.
“We know that researchers, journalists, librarians, and officials at every level of government rely on these valuable data for an accurate picture of the status and trends in public libraries in America,” said Ammie Farraj Feijoo, IMLS Deputy Director of Digital and Information Strategy. “We are delighted to provide online discovery tools that will make the information more useful to all our stakeholders.”
The Public Libraries Survey added a new data element in FY 2014: the number of Wi-Fi sessions provided by libraries annually. As more states report on this element in coming years, a more accurate picture of annual Wi-Fi use in libraries will emerge. Other data collected by the survey include information about library visits; circulation; size of collections; staff; operating revenues and expenditures; and number of service outlets.
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