Sunday, February 4, 2018

Report Offers National Update on Trends in Public Libraries

The FY 2014 report provides a national overview of trends and a snapshot of a variety of indicators for the year. In particular, it demonstrates how public libraries are faring financially since the last recession (December 2007 to June 2009) and how public library services and resources have evolved over the decade. “[These reports] extend IMLS’s most complete dataset on the trends, opportunities, and resources of public libraries in communities across the nation— helping libraries, researchers, and administrators make data-driven decisions,” says Benjamin Sweezy, IMLS Deputy Director of Digital and Information Strategy.

Key findings:

-       Public libraries’ collections are adapting to changing technology, including e-books, audio materials, and downloadable video materials. The number of e-books also increased by a huge percentage in the past 10 years.
-       Although there is a decline in the use of traditional library services, attendance at public programs is increasing overall.
-       In response to the interest, public libraries offered 4.5 million programs, marking a significant increase over the past 10 years.
-       Over the past 10 years, public-access internet computers increased by nearly half.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (2017). Public libraries in the United States fiscal year 2014. Washington, DC: The Institute.

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