ERIC Number: ED374810
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Public Libraries in the United States: 1992. E.D. TABS.
Chute, Adrienne; Kroe, Elaine
The tables in this report summarize information about public libraries in fiscal year 1992. These data were collected through the fifth Public Libraries Survey. Respondents for this census were the 8,946 public libraries identified in the 50 states and the District of Columbia by state library agencies. Nearly 71 percent of the population of legally served areas in the United States was served by 957 (nearly 11 percent) public libraries; over 81 percent of public libraries had only 1 service outlet; total operating expenditures for public libraries were over $4.5 billion in 1992; and public libraries reported a total of 109,933 paid full-time equivalent staff. This report begins by presenting highlights of the findings. The introduction then describes the terminology used in the document; the universe represented by the data; data collection and use the of technology; and quality review of the data. Also included are caveats for using the data; information on ordering machine readable data and publications; and a source for further information on public library statistics. The data are presented in 17 pairs of tables, which make up the major part of the report. The information includes data on staffing; operating income and expenditures; type of governance; type of administrative structure; size of collection; and service measures such as reference transactions, public service hours, interlibrary loans, circulation, and library visits. The appendixes include background on the Federal State Cooperative System (FSCS), a glossary, and a list of states with overlapping population of legal service areas. (JLB)
Descriptors: Branch Libraries, Interlibrary Loans, Library Circulation, Library Collections, Library Expenditures, Library Funding, Library Services, Library Statistics, Library Surveys, National Surveys, Nonprint Media, Public Libraries, Reference Services, State Libraries
U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop: SSOP, Washington, DC 20402-9328.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.