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.
Public Libraries Survey
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
is also required to become eligible for the public library
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
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
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
Page last modified 09.18.2014