ALA Web site increases visibility for library research, statistics

Contact: Karen Muller

Director of Library & Knowledge Management Specialist



For Immediate Release

November 17, 2009

CHICAGO - American Library Association (ALA) members and other Web visitors can now quickly locate library research and statistics with new top-level navigation from the
ALA home page. The reorganization of the ALA Web site is part of the
Ahead to 2010 Strategic Plan to further demonstrate ALA’s commitment to supporting its members and constituents as they advocate for libraries. ALA’s key objectives under
Goal I – Advocacy/Value of the Profession emphasize the importance for research and evaluation to provide evidence regarding the importance of libraries, as well as raise awareness of the value and impact of libraries of all types and librarians and library staff.

Broad research initiatives of the ALA include the Office for Research and Statistics’ “
Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study” ; the ALA-APA Salary Survey, now in its 26th year; and an ongoing ALA member demographics study. Among the resources available for these initiatives are detailed research reports, issues briefs and media press kits supporting local outreach and use of the studies. Research about the library profession and the workforce are available through “
Librarianship & Library Staff Statistics” and highlight studies on the diversity of the library workforce, research about library staffing and workforce recruitment and retirement.

Library statistics are organized by type of library for easy access and include links to annual studies of library expenditures and services, state-level library data, library value studies (return on investment), opinion research from national household studies and topical articles such as “Economic Hard Times and Public Library Use Revisited.”

To investigate the new Research & Statistics section of the ALA website, please visit