Massachusetts

Massachusetts Library Computer/Internet Service Data vs. Overall U.S. Library Computer/Internet Service Data

MASSACHUSETTS US
EXPENDITURES (system data)  
Total operating expenditures per capita*  
$41.88
$36.14
 
ACCESS (library outlet/branch data)
Hours decreased since last fiscal year  
15.0%
15.9%
 
CONNECTIVITY (library outlet/branch data)
Library offer only free access to computers/Internet in their communities  
60.1%
64.5%
Average number of computers  
13.9
16.0
Always sufficient computers available  
29.1%
23.8%
Use of public Internet workstations increased since last year  
58.0%
69.8%
 
Maximum Internet connection speed Less than 1.5Mbps
13.2%
12.0%
1.5Mbps
13.6%
22.7%
1.6-10Mbps
28.4%
35.4%
Greater than 10Mbps
36.1%
24.9%
 
 
Always adequate connection speed  
57.1%
54.6%
 
Wireless availability  
91.7%
85.7%
 
INTERNET SERVICES (library outlet/branch data) Licensed databases
100.0%
99.8%
Homework resources
83.2%
87.0%
Digital/virtual reference
68.4%
66.9%
e-books
92.5%
67.2%
Audio content
92.3%
82.8%
 
Library offers IT training to patrons  
85.8%
87.3%
 
E-government: Staff provide assistance to patrons to understand how to access and use e-government Web sites
87.9%
89.7%
 
Jobs services: Library  provides access to jobs databases and other job opportunity resources 
85.1%
90.9%
  helps patrons complete online job applications 
63.6%
71.9%

*Institute of Museum and Library Services. Public Libraries Survey: Fiscal Year 2008. Washington, DC: IMLS, 2010.

SourcePublic Library Funding & Technology Access Study. Other state data are available.