For immediate release | September 13, 2010

New blog shares real-time news, resources from national study of public library technology & funding

CHICAGO - The American Library Association Office for Research & Statistics is launching a new blog that will share real-time news, findings and customizable resources from the Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study.

Libraries Connect Communities will feature updates on new tools that provide state and local libraries with data they can easily use for advocacy and media relations; greater detail on study data points in the news; effective practices gleaned from study focus groups, site visits and interviews; frequently asked questions and more.

“Through this space, the study research team also plans to integrate study data within wider conversations around library technology and funding,” said Larra Clark, project manager for the ALA Office for Research & Statistics. “We invite readers to comment, question, challenge, confirm or simply share successes and obstacles.”

The Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study continues and builds on the longest-running and largest study of Internet connectivity in public libraries begun in 1994. With data provided by thousands of rural, suburban and urban libraries in every state and state library agencies, with from in-depth interviews with library directors and staff in 12 states to date, the study provides an annual snapshot of how public libraries are ensuring access to vital online information and resources.

To visit and comment on the blog, go to


Caroline Jewell