Category Archives: Libraries & Museums

Library Systems Database

Source: Gannett News Service, 2008

Use the database to search for trends affecting public library systems between 2002 and 2006. To get started, choose a state and then a county. Select a library system from the list to learn more about changes in circulation of items such as books and videos, number of visits to the library, operating expenses and the number of computers for public use. The reports on each system include general demographic information about the counties where those libraries are located.

You can compare how your local library system with others across the country by looking at these reports:
Public library systems with the highest circulation per capita
Public library systems with the most Internet-capable public computers per capita
Public library systems with the largest operating expenses per capita

Faculty and Librarian Surveys

Source: Ithaka, 2008

Our 2006 survey of faculty members sought to determine their attitudes related to online resources, electronic archiving, teaching and learning and related subjects. This study affords the opportunity to develop trend analysis of many measurements that we collected in the 2003 and 2000 faculty surveys. As in the past, we have developed a robust set of disciplinary and other demographic analyses that have allowed us to learn more about how best to serve the needs of different types of faculty members. In 2006, for the first time, we are also able to offer extensive comparison with the attitudes and perspectives of academic librarians on the perceived roles of the library and librarian on campuses; the impact of transitioning to electronic material on library practices; the place of digital repositories in the campus information-services landscape; and the future plans of academic libraries. Librarians surveyed include both directors and collection development leaders from a wide variety of 4-year academic institutions across the United States.

We have produced an in-depth white paper which details our findings and provides analysis and recommendations based on these studies. For those who are interested in investigating this data on their own, we have deposited the raw datasets from the faculty and librarian studies with ICPSR

From Awareness to Funding: A study of library support in America

Source: OCLC Report, 2008

From the summary:

Among the findings from the report:
• Library funding support is only marginally related to library visitation
• Perceptions of librarians are an important predictor of library funding support
• Voters who see the library as a ‘transformational’ force as opposed to an ‘informational’ source are more likely to increase taxes in its support
The report suggests that targeting marketing messages to the right segments of the voting public is key to driving increased support for U.S. public libraries.

Academic Libraries: 2006

Source: Barbara Holton, Laura Hardesty, Patricia O’Shea, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, NCES 2008-337, July 2008

From a summary:
During a typical week in the fall of 2006, academic libraries processed approximately 1.1 million reference transactions, including computer searches, and for the year there were over 144 million “circulation transactions.”

Among the survey’s other findings:
• The nation’s 3600 academic libraries held 1.0 billion books, serial backfiles, and other paper materials, including government documents.
• Academic libraries support 93,600 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff, including 26,500 FTE librarians, about 28 percent of the total number of FTE staff.
• Academic libraries spent $94 million for electronic books, serials backfiles, and other materials in FY 2006.
• Some 72 percent of academic libraries provided library reference service by e-mail or the Web (table 12).
• Some 34 percent of academic libraries reported their institution had incorporated information literacy into its mission (table 13).

Annual Library Budget Survey

Source: Publishers Communication Group, 2008

Each year, PCG carries out a telephone survey at academic, corporate, medical, and government libraries. Institutes in North America, Europe and in the Asia Pacific Region are contacted. Librarians with control over and knowledge of library budgets for 2008 participated. During the most recent survey, 416 institutional libraries were included. Academic institutions were split into categories reflecting the size of their institute.
Download the 2008 Report
Download the 2008 Presentation
Download the 2007 Report
Download the 2006 Report
Download the 2005 Report

2008 Kids & Family Reading Report

Source: Scholastic, June 2008

A new study released today finds that 75% of kids age 5-17 agree with the statement, “No matter what I can do online, I’ll always want to read books printed on paper,” and 62% of kids surveyed say they prefer to read books printed on paper rather than on a computer or a handheld device. The Kids & Family Reading Report, a national survey of children age 5-17 and their parents, also found that kids who go online to extend the reading experience – by going to book or author websites or connecting with other readers – are more likely to read books for fun every day.
See also:
Press release
2006 report
To Read or Not To Read: A Question of National Consequence

Public Libraries in the United States: Fiscal Year 2005

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

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. The report includes several key findings: Nationwide, visits to public libraries totaled 1.4 billion, or 4.7 library visits per capita. The average number of Internet terminals available for public use per stationary outlet was 11.2.

Full Report (PDF; 608 KB)

Librarian Salary Survey Reports Median Librarian Salary Up 2.8 Percent To $57,809 In 2007; Non-MLS Position Salaries Also Reported

Source: American Library Association, press release, August 28, 2007

Analysis of data from more than 800 public and academic libraries showed the mean salary for librarians with ALA-accredited Master’s Degrees increased 2.8 percent from 2006, up $1,550 to $57,809. The median ALA MLS salary was $53,000. Salaries ranged from $22,048 to $225,000.

For the first time the non-MLS salary survey data, including 62 non-MLS positions, reported salaries for staff employed as librarians but who do not have ALA-accredited Master’s Degrees in Library Science. Non-MLS salaries ranged $10,712 to $143,700. Both printed surveys also indicate the minimal educational requirement for each position.
See also: ALA-APA Rural Library Staff Salary Survey

New Study: The Impressive Return on Investment (ROI) of Pennsylvania Public Libraries

Source: Resource Shelf, June 12, 2007 at 12:59 am

From the announcement:
Librarians have been saying for years that public libraries are a bargain. Now they’ve got the numbers to prove it. According to a study conducted by the University of North Carolina’s School of Information and Library Science, Pennsylvania taxpayers receive a return of $5.50 for every $1 they invest in public libraries in Pennsylvania. That means a return of $55 for every $10 of local, state and federal taxes we invest in supporting our public libraries… The Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) is collaborating with Pennsylvania’s Office of Commonwealth Libraries, which commissioned the study, to spread the word about the results. This study is part of a state-by-state national project.
Direct to Full Text of Report: Taxpayer Return-on-Investment (ROI) in Pennsylvania Public Libraries

Making Cities Stronger: Public Library Contributions to Local Economic Development

Source: Carlos A. Manjarrez and Jessica Cigna, Urban Institute, Urban Libraries Council, January 2007

The Urban Libraries Council commissioned this study to look at how public libraries contribute to the human dimension of economic development. In the process, researchers also uncovered more evidence of the important contributions public libraries make to strengthening places and community quality of life.

This report indicates that public libraries today are deeply involved with people, technology, and quality of life. Public libraries have tremendous reach geographically and virtually. Within the U.S. there are over 9,000 public libraries providing services in over 16,000 branch facilities and through the Web. Nearly every one of these locally-funded organizations offers collections and programs that support early literacy, workforce readiness and small businesses. As such, they are an important and dynamic part of the community’s learning infrastructure which supports local economic development.

This study finds that the return on investment in public libraries not only benefits individuals, but also strengthens community capacity to address urgent issues related to economic development. Public libraries are increasingly finding their “fit” in the formal and informal network of agencies, corporations, nonprofits, and community organizations working together to elevate levels of education and economic potential, making cities stronger.