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ERIC Number: ED484431
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 171
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
Public Libraries in the United States, Fiscal Year 2002. E.D. TAB. NCES 2005-356
Chute, Adrienne; Kroe, Elaine; O'Shea, Patricia; Craig, Terri; Freeman, Michael; Hardesty, Laura; McLaughlin, Joanna Fane; Ramsey, Cynthia Jo
National Center for Education Statistics
This report provides summary information about public libraries in the 50 states and the District of Columbia for state fiscal year (FY) 2002. It covers service measures such as access to the Internet, number of users of electronic resources, other electronic services, number of Internet terminals used by staff only, number of Internet terminals used by the general public, reference transactions, public service hours, interlibrary loans, circulation, library visits, children's program attendance, and circulation of children's materials. It also includes information about size of collection, staffing, operating income and expenditures, type of geographic service area, type of legal basis, type of administrative structure, and number and type of public library service outlets. This report is based on the final data file. A total of 8,969 of the 9,141 public libraries responded to the FY 2002 Public Library Survey (PLS), for a unit response rate of 98.1 percent. The data were submitted using customized personal computer survey software furnished by NCES. Key findings included in this document, but not limited to: (1) public libraries served 98 percent of the total population of the states and the District of Columbia, either in legally established geographic service areas or in other areas under contract; and (2) Nationwide circulation of children's materials was 682.9 million, or 36 percent of total circulation, in FY 2002. Attendance at children's programs was 52.1 million. The following are appended: (1) Public Library State Ranking Tables; (2) States with Public Libraries with Overlapping Population of Legal Service Areas; (3) Technical Notes; (4) Glossary; and (5) Survey Instrument. (Contains 61 tables.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.; Bureau of the Census (DOC), Suitland, MD.
IES Funded: Yes