Public libraries urged to participate in national technology study

Contact: Larra Clark

ORS Project Manager



For Immediate Relaease

October 13, 2009

(CHICAGO) The American Library Association (ALA) is encouraging public libraries to participate in the 2009-2010 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study online survey. The survey provides an important opportunity for libraries to share information regarding their computer and Internet resources and infrastructure, as well as funding, technology training and how they function as public access technology centers in their communities. The current year’s online survey, available at, will be available through Nov. 6, 2009.

“Library participation in the survey directly impacts the ability of ALA, state chapters and others to advocate on behalf of public libraries and the tremendous contribution public libraries make to their communities through their public access Internet services and resources,” said ALA Office for Research & Statistics Director Denise M. Davis. “Data from past studies have been used in Congressional testimony, by the U.S. Census Bureau, and by national and local media.” Recent media mentions, including USA Today and NPR’s All Tech Considered blog, may be viewed here:

In addition to national data, the research project provides state-level analysis whenever a representative sample of 60 percent or more of a state’s public libraries participates. These data are used in topical issues briefs, mapping and the annual report. State and national information from the most recently completed study is available at

The study, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and ALA, continues work begun by John Carlo Bertot and Charles R. McClure in 1994. The survey is conducted by the Center for Library & Information Innovation at the University of Maryland ( and ALA. The study provides the most current information available on public library technology and funding.

Libraries will need an ID number to participate, which libraries may look up at Questions regarding the survey should be directed to or (301) 405-9445.