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Library Data Services

The Nebraska Library Commission collects statistical data about public libraries and produces a variety of data products. Library Data Services is responsible for implementing the annual Public Library Survey, assisting Nebraska libraries in submitting the data, and reporting some of this information to the appropriate federal agencies.  Library Data Services also provides information and data in support of Library Commission administrative, planning, and evaluation activities.


The Summary Handouts for new items in the Library Commission's budget request for the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years are now available. These include eReads, the Edge Initiative, Student Internships, Online Self-Directed Education, and a General Handout.

Public Libraries Survey

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Each year the Nebraska Library Commission collects statistical data from all Nebraska public libraries as part of a national survey. This survey includes data elements about funding, expenditures, usage, collections, programs, and staffing. The data is reported to the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Public Library Statistics Cooperative (PLSC), in cooperation with the U.S. Census Bureau. The collected data is useful for planning and evaluation purposes and can be utilized to demonstrate the need for financial support from funding sources and policy makers at the state and local level.  Submitting this annual statistical survey through Bibliostat™ Collect is also required to become eligible for the public library accreditation program and the state aid to public libraries program. The next survey runs from November 12, 2014 to February 13, 2015.

Unaccredited public libraries are encouraged to submit data for the aforementioned Public Libraries Survey. If answers to at least all of the federal data elements on the report are submitted using the Web-based survey provided through Bibliostat™ Collect, the unaccredited library is eligible for a payment of $200 as part of the Dollars for Data grant program.

Library Statistical Data

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Library Data Services provides a compilation of the Nebraska public library data each year and makes this information available for viewing or downloading. Also available below are links to additional resources on the topic of library statistics, both for Nebraska and for public libraries nationally.



Additional Public Library Resources

Data Presentation Resources

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For more information, contact Sam Shaw.