February 6, 2013

2010 Public Libraries in the United States Survey Released

According to Janet Eklund, Administrator of Library Operations, New Hampshire State Library:

IMLS recently released the 2010 Public Libraries in the United States Survey (http://goo.gl/RErnU), an analysis of the most comprehensive annual data collection of U.S. public library statistics. Nationally, public libraries have seen reductions in operating revenue, service hours, and staffing. Numbers for circulation, program attendance, and computer use continue to trend upward.This is the first federal statistical report on public libraries to go beyond a national level analysis to report on trends at the local, regional, and state levels. The report identifies indicators in three areas: services and operations, resources, and workforce. To provide a more complete picture of library service in the U.S., the report provides a snapshot for each state (http://goo.gl/RErnU), describing characteristics of library service. New Hampshire's summary page is available here: http://www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/PLS_FY2010_SP_NewHampshire.pdf The data submitted in the Public Library Annual Report is used in producing this publication.

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