Publications by the Office for Research and Statistics

Available publications

Research on Libraries and Librarianship: Yearly Article in Library and Book Trade Almanac

Research and Statistics on Libraries and Librarianship in 2012 (.pdf), reprinted from the Library and Book Trade Almanac (Bowker Annual), Vol. 58, copyright 2013 Information Today, Inc. By Kathy Rosa, Director of the Office for Research & Statistics, American Library Association

Membership Demographics Study

The ALA's Member Demographics Questionnaire allows the organization to better know itself, to better advocate for ALA members, and to provide services more effectively.

Public Library Funding and Technology Access Study

The Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study assesses public access to computers, the Internet and Internet-related services in U.S. public libraries, and the impact of library funding changes on connectivity, technology deployment and sustainability.  The study built on the longest-running and largest study of Internet connectivity in public libraries begun in 1994; ALA reports cover data from 2006-2012.

Issues Briefs

The Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study research team developed and published topical Issues Briefs related to issues affecting communities’ access to technology in our public libraries. These two to eight page documents are not intended to be comprehensive, but rather share key findings from the largest and longest-running study of Internet connectivity in libraries. 

Trends in Academic Libraries, 1998-2008

 Trends in Academic Libraries,1998 to 2008, analyzes trends in U.S. academic libraries' expenditures, staffing, services offered, collections and more, using public use data from the biennial survey from the National Center for Education Statistics. The data span from 1998's survey through the 2008 survey, and are reported by degree-granting level, size, Carnegie Classification, and public/ private status.

In the field: Digital Inclusion Survey

The Digital Inclusion Survey documents the impact of libraries in building digitally inclusive communities. Funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the survey is conducted by the University of Maryland's Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) and the American Library Association, in partnership with the International City/County Management Association.