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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.

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Public Libraries Survey   

Each year the Nebraska Library Commission, along with other state library agencies, collects statistical data from all public libraries in the state.  This annual library survey includes data elements about funding, expenditures, library usage, collections, programs, and staffing.  The data collected 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.

Some information collected through this survey is reported to the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the The Public Library Statistics Cooperative (PLSC), in cooperation with the U.S. Census Bureau.  The results of state library surveys are used to compile a national database of public library statistics. This database is utilized by the IMLS Compare Public Libraries tool and the IMLS Public Library Locator.  These applications allow libraries to find comparison data and create charts to illustrate specific library strengths and areas of need.

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Library Statistical Data

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 on this page are links to other resources on the topic of library statistics, both for Nebraska and for public libraries nationally.

Nebraska Public Library Data

Other Library Statistics

Articles and Other Resources About Statistics

      Page last modified 06.19.2014

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