Research & Statistics Resources
Do you have questions about libraries and librarians? The Office for Research and Statistics (ORS) and the American Library Association (ALA) maintains a number of statistical and informational resources to help you understand libraries and librarianship in context.
This section of the American Library Association's website includes:
ALA Initiatives - links to major research initiatives, including the current Digital Inclusion Study and Membership Survey.
Libraries Matter - Making the case about library impact is important when supporting libraries to community members and stakeholders. The site includes links to and bibliographic information of studies that show the economic, educational and social impact of libraries.
Librarianship & Library Staff Statistics - Links to the American Library Association's resources on salaries and staffing.
State of America's Libraries (new, April 2015):
Academic, public and school libraries are experiencing a shift in how they are perceived by their communities and society. No longer just places for books, libraries of all types are community anchors, centers for academic life and research and cherished spaces. This and other library trends of the past year are detailed in ALA’s State of America’s Libraries Report 2015.
State of America's Libraries | webpage, with section-by section looks
State of America's Libraries | Digital supplement/ flipbook version
State of America's Libraries | PDF version
LARKS (Librarian and Researcher Knowledge Space), the new site by ORS with tools to help library researchers with tips, resources and helpful tools - for beginners and experienced researchers.
Findings from the second year of the Digital Inclusion Survey will tell us how your digital technologies and services are helping users connect to needed online resources. Find out more!
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Broadband quality in public libraries is improving, but still lags FCC standards. Press release, link to report: t.co/6V8HqfowyR