For immediate release | July 22, 2014

New public library data available online

CHICAGO — The Public Library Data Service (PLDS) FY2013 data is now available with a special section on outcome measures. This valuable data from more than 1,100 North American libraries can be exclusively accessed and customized through the online data portal PLAmetrics.

The PLDS captures valuable data (voluntarily submitted annually) on staffing, operating finances, output measures, interlibrary loaning and technology provisions from public libraries throughout the U.S. and Canada. It can be employed for peer comparisons, benchmarking and/or trend analyses, as well as to meet local, custom needs.

PLDS data (2002–2013) is available through PLAmetrics, which also includes public-use IMLS data (1998–2011). The database supports convenient templated or customizable reporting features. Reports can be further modified and saved in the library's reports folder for later recall and use.

For more information and to purchase a one-year subscription ($250), visit PLAmetrics is managed by Counting Opinions.

For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or visit PLA’s website at PLA is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.


Amy Sargent

Marketing and Communications Manager