Library Topics

Children and Youth Services

Annie E. Casey Foundation – KIDS COUNT

KIDS COUNT, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of the children in the U.S. KIDS COUNT provides local, state, and national data about children.

Teens in the Library – Findings from the Evaluation of Public Libraries as Partners in Youth Development

This study reports on findings from the Public Libraries as Partners in Youth Development Initiative, a 3-year, 9-site initiative funded by The Wallace Foundation to develop innovative models for public libraries to provide high-quality educational enrichment and career development programs serving underserved low-income children and youth.
New on the Shelf: Teens in the Library

Toronto Star–Libraries tied to student achievement–study makes case for training, funding

The first Canadian study linking school libraries to student achievement indicates that better libraries improve student test scores and add to kids’ reading enjoyment.
Better grades? Thank a librarian by Tess Kalinowski, education reporter

SmartGirl.com – Teen Read Week Surveys

An examination of the correlation between parents reading to their children and the likelihood of those children to read later in life.Report on Teen Read Week Survey
“A Partnership of SmartGirl.com and The American Library Association”, this page summarizes the findings of a survey conducted during Teen Read Week (October 17-23) 1999 exploring the reading habits of young adults, ages 11-18.
Report on Teen Read Week Survey

A Survey of Library Services to Schools and Children in the UK 2003-04PDF document

Annual, published Autumn. Based on a detailed questionnaire survey, it includes tables of individual authority data, with explanatory comments, summaries and per capita indicators, covering children’s services in the public library and support provided through Schools Library Services. This year a supplement to the main report gives detailed data by government office region for England.

ALA/Dewitt Wallace-Reader

Dewitt Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund 1998 initiative entitled “Public Libraries as Partners in Youth Development.” The first report summarizes the results of a survey conducted jointly with the American Library Association; the second report shows how the survey findings were put into action.
“Programs for School-Age Youth in Public Libraries”: html pdf PDF document
“Public Libraries as Partners in Youth Development”: html pdfPDF document

National Center for Education Statistics

Services and Resources for Children and Young Adults in Public Libraries (1995)
“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.”

Childstats.gov

The official Website of the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics Federal provides federal and state statistics and reports on children and their families, including: population and family characteristics, security, health, behavior and social environment.

Disability Statistics

American Foundation for the Blind–Who’s Watching?

A Profile of the Blind and Visually Impaired Audience for Television and Video
Presents results of a study on video description (technique that inserts explanations and descriptions of visual elements of a video or television program for the visually impaired). Statistics are presented in tables and charts including “ways that vision problems affect respondents’ television watching, television genres that respondents would like to have described, and receptivity of respondents to video description.”

International Center for Disability Information

Disability Tables organized by state, total U.S. and world data including statistics on work disability, self care and mobility, life expectancy, need for personal assistance, elderly issues, and veterans’ employment.

National Center for Health Statistics FASTATS–A to Z–Disabilities/Impairments

Health data for Americans including selected impairments per 1,000 persons by age, sex and age, race and age, and geographic region.
Disabilities/Limitations

National Health Interview Survey on Disability (NHIS-D)m

News releases and fact sheets, data highlights, data collection survey instruments.

US Census Bureau: Disability

View the most recent reports, briefs, and data on disability and obtain disability data to create your own tables and cross tabulations as well as links to other related sites.

Economic and Social Statistics

America’s Career InfoNet

Occupational information including wages, trends, and state profiles.

America’s Labor Market Information System

Provides short term forecasts, long term industry projections, MicroMatrix occupational projections, standard wage, and state occupational projections.
Labor Market Information Training Institute

Bureau of Analysis

International, national, and regional data
U.S. Economic Accounts

Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

U.S. Department of LaborBureau of Labor Statistics
Survey produces estimates of employment and wage rates by occupation including:
Librarians, Professional Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002; 25-4021 Librarians
Technical Assistants, Library Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002; 25-4031 Library Technicians

Current Population SurveyMain Page

Provides estimates on employment, unemployment, earnings, hours of work, and other indicators. Date is available by age, sex, race, marital status, and educational attainment, in addition to occupation, industry, and class of worker.
U.S. Census BureauTechnical Documentation

Policy Institute

The Institute’s Datazone contains online tables including wage and compensation trends, family earnings and income trends, prices, low wage labor market indicators, and employment statistics.

Econdata.net

Links to government, private, and academic data sources—a quick access point to state and sub state socio data.
Your Guide to Regional Data on the Web

International, national, and regional data

Local Area Personal Income

School District Analysis System (SDAS)

This NCES application allows users to view summary state and national tables of school district data from the 2000 School District Special Tabulation (STP2). The system is made up of a set of cross tabulations permitting users to specify pre-selected row topics and column topics. Column topics provide a unique distribution of school district data grouped by the indicated characteristics (e.g., percent minority, school district size, etc.). The enrollment column topic is essentially a rearrangement of the state and U.S. data provided in the Census 2000 data link.
School District Demographics

StateMaster.com

Statemaster is “a unique statistical database which allows you to research and compare a multitude of different data on US states.”

U.S. Census Bureau: Poverty

Resource guide to poverty in the United States. Page includes link to Poverty 1999 Report in pdf-file format, as well as Current Population Survey (CPS), Poverty Definition, Thresholds and Guidelines, Decennial Census, Recent Poverty Measurement Research , Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), and Small Area Estimates.

U.S. Department of Justice: Bureau of Justice Statistics

Offers statistics on crimes and victims, corrections, courts and sentencing, and more.

Economic Impact of Library Services

Economic Impact StudyRegional Benefits of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

An economic impact study shows that Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh provides quantifiable economic benefits to the region and is the Pittsburgh area’s most visited regional asset.

Economic Hard Times and Public Library Use Revisited

This 2002 article by Mary Jo Lynch has as its mission to explore the proposition of whether or not library use increases during an economic downturn
American Libraries article

Economic Benefits and Impacts from Public Libraries–State of Florida, 2001

This study conducted by the Information Use, Management and Policy Institute of Florida State University and funded by the State Library of Florida surveyed library patrons about their perceptions of the economic benefits and impacts of public libraries. Based on findings reported here, a follow-up return-on-investment (ROI) study is proposed.

Laser Foundation: Libraries Impact Project PDF document

This project sought to develop a series of measures that offer a transferable framework for adoption by library authorities to allow them to demonstrate the distinctive contribution that libraries make to a range of policy areas at local and national level.

New York’s Libraries: How they STACK UP!

A New York State Library publication that shows how New York’s libraries are good for the economy

Placing a Value on Public Library Services1998

This St. Louis Public Library study applied a variety of economic concepts (including cost-benefit analysis, economic impact analysis, and consumer surplus valuation) to valuing public investment in library services.

Public Library Use in Pennsylvania: Identifying Uses, Benefits, and Impacts–Final Report

Charles R. McClure and John C. Bertot (June 1998)

South Carolina Public Library Economic Impact Study

A study prepared by the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina

Taxpayer Return on Investment in Florida Public Libraries

The State Library and Archives of Florida hopes to use the results of this study to show that when Florida’s state and local governments invest in libraries, it enhances the quality of life in communities and helps build a diversified economy.
State Library and Archives of FloridaReturn on Investment Study

Worth Their Weight: An Assessment of the Evolving Field of Library Valuation PDF document

Americans for Libraries Council’s newest report offers researchers and advocates an overview of the cutting-edge field of library valuation, or models for expressing a library’s multiple contributions to its community in dollars and cents.

Fiscal Indexes

Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U)

Bureau of Labor Statistics Index

Periodical Price Survey, Library Journal

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International Library Statistics

LibEcon

This site was established by the European Commission within the Telematics Applications Programme. Its purpose is to test and then generate an automatic means of collecting data from respondents in each of 29 countries comprising signatories to the European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA) and the Association Agreement with the EU in Central and Eastern Europe (C&EE). Data collected in past surveys has been added to the database, and visitors to this site can review past trends as well as compare national statistics.
Libecon.org – A research study into international library economics (Requires first-time users to register)

Library & Information Statistics TablesUK

Library statistics reporting library and information statistics in the UK from 1997 through 2000. Published and compiled by the Library & Information Statistics Unit, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicstershire.
Department of Information Science – Loughborough University

Australia and New Zealand Academic Library Statistics

Statistics for academic libraries in Australia and New Zealand, collected annually and published by CAUL (Council of Australian University Librarians)
1983Present

Canadian Association of Research Libraries Statistics

Order information for publications distributed by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries
Publication list

Canadian Public Library Statistics

Produced annually by the Mississauga Library System for CALUPL (Council of Administrators of Large Urban Public Librarians), the Canadian Public Library Statistical survey and report compiles data for libraries in Canadian cities with populations over 50,000.
City of Mississauga

New Zealand Public Library Statistics

Statistical information about public libraries in New Zealand
Statistics

UNESCO International Library Statistics

Statistical tables for national libraries, public libraries, and higher (“tertiary”) education libraries in selected countries from the UNESCO Statistical Yearbook
Statistical Yearbook 1999

Libraries and Books

American Book Sellers Association: BookWeb: Research & Statistics

Offers book industry reports, statistics, the ABACUS Financial Study, and facts of interest about the book industry

American Library Association–The State of America

This status report on the health and welfare of the nation’s libraries compiles a wide variety of available data on library-related topics such as: public opinion, funding, construction, the USA PATRIOT Act, copyright, censorship, and the “65 percent solution.”

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The Bowker Annual Library and Book Trade Almanac

Ordering information for this “on-the-job answer book…statistical information resource…planning and research guide.”

BUBL Library and Information Science Journals

Contents, abstracts or full texts of current library and information science journals and newsletters.

Quotable Facts About America

Mini-brochure produced by the American Library Association and Library Research Service providing quick facts about libraries in the United States

Library Budgets

ALA, Office for Research and StatisticsSmallest, largest libraries in U.S. see largest funding cuts

Public libraries serving more than 500,000 or fewer than 25,000 people saw the greatest midyear funding cuts, according to a national study from the American Library Association (ALA). The study also found that libraries in the West and Midwest sustained larger cuts than their counterparts in the South and East. The study is the first national look at midyear changes in public library budgets. Responses came from a nationally representative sample of U.S. public libraries.
Survey Results

Library JournalBudget Reports

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Library Buildings

Library Buildings, Library Journal

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Square footage recommendations for school libraries
Table from the Maine School Libraries Facilities Handbook showing suggested square footage for specific enrollments

Library Referenda

Library Referenda, Library Journal

2011 2010 2007

Referenda Roundup, American Libraries

2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000

Literacy

Colorado Literacy Research Initiative

CLRI provides access to research and statistics that inform decision-making for adult education programs throughout the state. Includes local, state, national, and international data on literacy and educational attainment as well as statistics on related social and economic conditions. Also provides links to other web resources (such as full text reports of literacy research studies), other sites reporting literacy research, and contact information for literacy researchers. Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) files of all issues of LitScan: Facts & Figures from the Colorado Literacy Research Initiative are available at this site.

Planning Resources

Appleton (WI) Public Library Long-range Plan 2008-2010

Using the Planning for Results manual, Appleton’s plan is a good model for other libraries of its size. Includes the library’s vision, mission statement, service responses, and goals and objectives.

Oak Lawn (IL) Public Library Long-range Plan

Another good example of a long-range plan including a description of the planning process, mission statement, and the long-range plan goals.

Prices

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Consumer price index (CPI), producer price index, international price index, unemployment rates, labor force statistics, payroll statistics, collective bargaining agreements, employee benefits survey, employment cost index, occupational injury and illness rates, productivity and costs index.
Consumer Price Index

Library Journal, April 15, 2007:

As open access gains ground, STM publishers change tactics, and librarians ask hard questions
Serial Wars by Lee C. Van Orsdel & Kathleen Born

Library Journal, April 15, 2006:

While the struggle over open access plays out, librarians, vendors, and publishers continue to trade within a market dominated by all things electronic.
Journals in the Time of Google by Lee C. Van Orsdel & Kathleen Born

The Non-subscription Side of Periodicals: Changes in Library Operations and Costs Between Print and Electronic Formats

This 2003-04 study by the Council on Library and Information Resources (Washington, DC) examined the ‘non-subscription’ costs of print vs. e-periodicals and found that these costs of e-periodicals are consistently and substantially lower than those of their print counterparts.
The Non-subscription Side of PeriodicalsPDF document
Also, see the March 1, 2005 Library Journal article, Digital Savings, at Library Journal Digital Savings

School Library Journal: Average Book Prices, Children

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U.S. Periodical Prices Index, American Libraries

Price Indexes for 2000-2005

U.S. Serial Services Price Index for American Libraries

U.S. Serial Services Price Index-2002

Public Opinion Polls

Southern Maryland Regional Library and Division of Library Development and Services, Maryland State Department of Education (2006)

Maryland Public Library Survey, Customer Survey of Maryland Residents About Libraries
SurveyPDF document

Public AgendaLong Overdue: A Fresh Look at Public Attitudes About Libraries (2006)

Public Agenda examines attitudes about libraries in their latest study, “Long Overdue.” The report includes the results of a national survey of the general public as well as interviews with national and local civic leaders.
Full Report PDF document

Benton FoundationLocal Places, Global Connections: Libraries in the Digital Age (1997)

Benton FoundationBuildings, books, and bytes (1996)

National Center for Education Statistics

Use of Public Library Services by Households in the United States: 1996PDF document

Staffing and Salaries

Administrative Compensation Survey

Washington, DC: College and University Professional Association for Resources (CUPA-HR)
Executive Summaries, Data Samples and Survey Press Releases

ALA Salary Survey

Chicago and London: American Library Association, published annually.
Summary and Ordering Information

ALA Library Journal Annual Report of LIS Placements and Salaries

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ALA Library Staff Studies

Results of Supplementary Questions in the Annual ALA Survey of Librarian Salaries

ALA Racial and Ethnic Diversity Among Librarians: A Status Report (1998)

by Mary Jo Lynch, American Library Association

ALA Retirement & Recruitment: A Deeper Look PDF document

by Mary Jo Lynch, Former Director, ALA Office for Research & Statistics and
Stephen Tordella, President, Decision Demographics
Thomas Godfrey, Senior Demographer, Decision Demographics

ARL Annual Salary Survey

Washington, DC: Association of Research Libraries, published annually.
Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook
Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, biennial.
U.S. Department of Labor and Statistics – 2006-07 Edition

Bowker AnnualResearch on Libraries and Librarianship

Annual article summarizing library research
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Yahoo’s Hot Jobs Salary Survey

Look up salary information based on type of job and geographic location.
Yahoo’s Salary & Benefits: Salary Wizard

State Library Agencies

State Library Agency Data

E.D. TAB data from the National Center for Education Statistics regarding state library agencies in the United States.
State Library Agencies
2005

Summer Reading Programs

Colorado State Library

Summer Reading Possibilities
Explore the Possibilities with Summer Reading @your Library PDF document

Colorado State Library

Participating in a summer reading program makes a difference in student achievement!
Summer Reading @your Library

New York State Library

Highlights of Research on Summer Reading and Effects on Student Achievement
New York State Library’s Statewide Summer Reading Program

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