Public Library Data Service
The Public Library Data Service (PLDS) fiscal year 2017 data is now available, and includes a special section on value added services. This valuable data from more than 1,590 North American libraries can be accessed and customized through the online data portal PLAmetrics.
The PLDS captures valuable, data (voluntarily submitted annually) on staffing, operating finances, output measures, interlibrary loaning, and technology provisions, from public libraries throughout the U.S. and Canada. In addition, each year's survey contains a special survey highlighting statistics on one service area or public library topic.
PLAmetrics: a PLDS Online Database
PLAmetrics is the online portal to the PLDS. An annual subscription to PLAmetrics offers the most efficient, customized, and user-friendly way to analyze all the data that PLDS provides. With PLAmetrics, subscribers can access not only PLDS data (FY2002–2017), but also public-use IMLS data (FY1998–2016), and then take advantage of unique sorting and reporting features. Data can be employed for peer comparisons, benchmarking and/or trend analyses, as well as to meet local, custom needs.
Subscriptions to PLAmetrics
Subscriptions include 24/7 access to PLAmetrics from any web-enabled device for one year. Subscription costs are:
- Current PLDS contributors: $200
- Previous online subscribers: $200
- PLA Members: $250
- Nonmembers: $300
For more details visit www.plametrics.org.
Have questions? Contact PLA Support at email@example.com or 800-542-8963.
Get an Inside Look at PLAmetrics
Whether you’re already a PLAmetrics subscriber or just considering a subscription, check out this free on-demand webinar: "PLAmetrics: How to Make Public Library Data Work for You." Learn how to navigate available data, make the most of reporting templates, and create your own dataset.
Don’t have time to build your own report?
Get a customized PLAmetrics report. The data collected for the PLDS is versatile and can be manipulated to provide a customized report about how your library compares to other libraries. The basic fee is $100/hour for PLAmetrics subscribers, $150/hour for non-subscribers. If you are interested in learning more about customized reports, contact Ryan Patrick, Director, Counting Opinions, firstname.lastname@example.org or 866-850-8366.
2016 PLDS Statistical Report
PLDS Reports in PRINT once again
A number of library community members asked that the Public Library Data Set (PLDS) be available, once again, in print format.
Introducing print editions for FY2014–FY2017 data.
Each annual print edition consists of four or five publications—libraries serving different populations. Each print edition costs $99 + tax and shipping. This covers the cost of production and administration. Order one, or more, or complete sets.
To order, go to https://www.plametrics.org/index.php?page_id=14.