ERIC Number: ED387148
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
Public Libraries in the United States: 1993. E.D. TABS.
Bureau of the Census (DOC), Washington, DC. Governments Div.; National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
The tables in this report summarize information about public libraries in fiscal year 1993. These data were collected through the sixth Public Libraries Survey. Respondents for this census were the 8,929 public libraries identified in the 50 states and District of Columbia, by state library agencies. Over 71% of the population of legally served areas in the United States were served by fewer than 11% of public libraries; 1,454 public libraries (over 16%) reported one or more branch library outlets, with a total of 7,017; total operating expenditures for public libraries were over $4.7 billion in 1993; libraries reported a total of nearly 111,945 paid full-time equivalent (FTE) staff; and total nationwide circulation of library materials was nearly 1.6 billion, or 6.5 per capita. The 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 of the 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 19 sets of tables, which make up the major part of this report. Data is provided 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 loan; circulation; and library visits. Appendices include background of the Federal-State Cooperative System (FSCS), a glossary, and a list of states with overlapping population of legal service area. (MAS)
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: Bureau of the Census (DOC), Washington, DC. Governments Div.; National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Note: For the 1992 report, see ED 374 810. Prepared for NCES by the Bureau of the Census.