Office for Research & Statistics
The mission of the Office for Research and Statistics (ORS) is to provide leadership and expert advice to ALA staff, members and public on all matters related to research and statistics about libraries, librarians and other library staff; represent the Association to Federal agencies on these issues; and initiate projects needed to expand the knowledge base of the field through research and the collection of useful statistics.
Digital Inclusion Findings Published!
How are libraries are equipping U.S. communities with the resources and skills needed to succeed in today’s – and tomorrow’s – global marketplace? Read the results of the Digital Inclusion Survey, taken from a nationally representative sample of public libraries at the branch/outlet level between September 3 and November 30, 2013.
The results of the Digital Inclusion Survey show that public libraries lead the way in providing a wide range of technologies and digital content.
Digital Inclusion Speed Test this summer
As part of the Digital Inclusion Survey, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and conducted by the American Library Association Office for Research & Statistics and the Information Policy & Access Center at the University of Maryland College Park, the project partners will conduct a national sample study of actual Internet access speeds in the summer of 2014 in public libraries.
ALA COSLA Survey: Overview
To continue to gauge the currents in the world of public library funding and broadband access, the American Library Association (ALA) reached out to the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) for feedback on levels of state funding for libraries, bandwidth needs, closures and reductions in hours.
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People & Partnerships
ORS partners with the Institute of Museum and Library Services Library Statistics Working Group, the National Information Standards Organization, the International Standards Organization and the Digital Inclusion Advisory Committee.
Initiatives & Projects
ORS work focuses on member engagement activities including awards, conducting research studies about libraries and librarianship and providing research & statistics resources to members, the library community and staff.
Research & Statistics Resources
LARKS (Librarian and Researcher Knowledge Space), is the new research resources created and curated by ORS with tools to help library researchers with tips, resources and helpful tools - for beginners and experienced researchers.
ALA Library Fact Sheets - Frequently-asked questions about libraries.
Libraries Matter - a listing of studies that are useful in making the case about the value of libraries to community members and other stakeholders.
Research and Statistics about libraries - research-related content and links to statistical resources about libraries and librarianship.
The ALA Library responds to inquiries from staff, members, and others interested in research. The Library produces ALA Library Fact Sheets to answer frequently asked questions about libraries.
ALA's Transforming Libraries site is a resource for librarians looking for creative ways to meet the challenges posed by emerging technologies. ALA's EBooks & Digital Content site is a resource for specific questions about digital content, and communicating the continued relevance of libraries with local media.
For the latest trends in the world of library research and statistics, see Research on Libraries and Librarianship: Yearly Article in Library and Book Trade Almanac.