Rhode Island 2009-2010

Library Funding and Technology Access
Expenditures/Services Service Detail
RI
U.S.
EXPENDITURES (system data)
Total operating expenditures per capita   $ 34.67   $ 35.63
ACCESS
Hours decreased since last fiscal year
11.7%
14.5%
CONNECTIVITY (library outlet/branch data)
Library offer only free access to computers/Internet in their communities
42.3%
66.6%
Average number of computers
16.1
14.2
Always sufficient computers available
46.8%
26.5%
Use of public Internet workstations increased since last year
61.4%
75.7%
Maximum Internet connection speed Less than 1.5Mbps
6.1%
14.8%
1.5Mbps
15.3%
27.4%
1.6-10Mbps
27.5%
33.4%
Greater than 10Mbps
15.4%
18.4%
Always adequate connection speed
63.3%
54.4%
Wireless availability
100.0%
82.2%
INTERNET SERVICES (library outlet/branch data) Licensed databases
68.4%
95.0%
Homework resources
68.4%
88.2%
Digital/virtual reference
61.9%
72.3%
e-books
65.1%
65.9%
Audio content
100.0%
82.5%
Library offers IT training to patrons
100.0%
89.1%
E-government: Staff provide assistance to patrons... to understand how to access and use e-government Web sites
90.2%
88.8%
Jobs services: Library  provides access to jobs databases and other job resources 
85.2%
88.2%
  helps patrons complete online job applications 
83.8%
67.1%

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