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Access the 2014 Public Libraries Survey (PLS) released by IMLS!    Find your library and explore state profiles! Accompanying FY 2014 data are new online visualizations and tools to make the data easier to explore and use. Since 1988, the annual Public Libraries Survey has provided...

Collections as Data – Stewardship and Use Models to Enhance Access What happens when researchers with powerful computing tools meet massive digital collections? What discoveries are made? What new directions and best practices in scholarly research emerge? Hear from scholars...

In celebration of Older Americans Month, the US Census shared the  US Census – Older American Month Profile Facts for Features. ...

Check the data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ (IMLS) recently released 2013 Public Libraries in the United States Survey. The report provides local, state, and national information about the nation’s 9,000 public libraries and their 16,500 branches...

Attention PA public library system & district administrators, district consultants and library directors: Project Outcome was conceived, developed and launched by the Public Library Association (PLA) on June 26, 2015.  This online data collecting tool is available to all public...

Read how Levi at Data Science Notes uses available data to determine library peer groups. Simple and nerd methodology is shown. ...

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In rural areas nationally, 52% of households, with income under $25,000, lack broadband.  This comes from the 2014 Digital Inclusion Survey, which  provides data from a national study that explores the digital inclusion roles that public libraries play in our communities. ...

According to the PEW Research Center, 78% of adults under 30 own a laptop or desktop computer.  This has decreased from 88% in 2010.  Read more about device ownership. ...

This year’s PEW Survey finds that young adults 18-29 were more likely to have a read a book over the past year than older Americans.  Read more about this year’s survey results.   ...

MedLinePlus and Affordable Care Act Resources for Public Libraries / October 12, 2015 Description: This presentation will provide an overview of the Affordable Care Act for public library staff. Resources presented will include an introduction to MedlinePlus, highlighting health...