North Carolina Public Library Data

North Carolina reports

Statewide Edge Initiative

In 2015, 73% of NC libraries participated in the Edge Assessment, evaluating public technology services. The results outlined in this report showed us where NC libraries stand in three categories: Community Value, Community, Engagement, and Organizational Management.
Download NC's 2015 report.
Download NC's 2014 report.

Statewide Impact survey (2014)

In 2014, 45% of NC libraries participated in the Impact Survey, which gathered 5,381 responses from patrons across the state about how and why they use library public access technology (education, employment, health info, etc.)
Download State Library's summary of findings.
Download the Impact team's full report.

State of NC Well Being, 2014 (Gallup-Healthways)

Based on data from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, the report contains rankings by metropolitan area and congressional district on emotional health, workplace environment, physical health, and more. Download the report.

NC highlights: IMLS annual public library survey

Beginning in FY2010, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) provides a one-page report for each indiviudal state based on the national Public Library Survey dataset.
Download NC's FY2012 report.
Download NC's FY2011 report.
Download NC's FY2010 report.

State Library of NC PLS: how do we measure up?

Two-page report produced by State Library staff based on NC-focused analysis of the national Public Library Survey dataset. This report focuses on comparative statistics between NC and regional peers.
Download NC's FY2012 report.
Download NC's FY2011 report.
Download NC's FY2010 report.

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National reports

IMLS annual public library survey reports (annual)

Every year, statisticians at the Institute of Museum and Library Services analyze the data from the annual Public Library Survey and write an in-depth report about national trends in public libraries. Over 20 years of these reports are available as PDF downloads. Reports are finalized and released 1.5 years after the survey ends, so federal data for the most recent fiscal year is not available. See the reports here.

Digital Inclusion Survey

The Digital Inclusion Survey was developed by IMLS, the University of Washington, and the International City/County Management Association to highlight the public library’s role as a community anchor that ensures public access to technology, digital content, and Internet-enabled services. The survey focuses on Access, adoption and application of technology in public libraries. See the reports here.

PEW Research Center

The PEW Research Center has released a number of reports as part of their large research effort called Internet & American Life Project that is exploring the role libraries play in people's lives and in their communities. Libraries and Learning(2016)
Libraries and Hispanics(2015)
Libraries at a crossroads (2015)
PEW Research Center: Library services in the digital age (2013)

Libraries Transform (ALA)

The Libraries Transform Campaign, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA), is designed to increase public awareness of the value, impact and services provided by libraries and library professionals. Explore the campaign objectives and materials here.

Libraries Matter: Impact Research (ALA)

ALA has aggregated reports and information on three areas of public library impact: economic, community development, and literacy and education. Explore ALA's Impact Research here.

U.S. Public Libraries and the Use of Web Technologies, 2012

This report is the result of a study undertaken by researchers in the Library Research Service department at the State Library of Colorado in 2008, 2010, andn 2012. The intent was to document the use of various Internet technologies on the websites of public libraries through the nation. From the study, they set a baseline for the adoption of web technologies.

Public Library Funding and Technology Access Study (annual)

This multi-year project out of ALA assesses public access to computers, the Internet and Internet-related services in U.S. public libraries, as well as the impact of library funding changes on connectivity, technology deployment and sustainability. Each year, the study makes available a final report, press materials, and data visualized on maps. Explore the PLFTAS studies here.

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