[PL-Directors] Your state report data at work.... IMLS Announces New Data Note on Libraries' Role in Providing Broadband Access

Ann Reed reed_ann at oslmac.osl.state.or.us
Thu Mar 19 13:01:44 PDT 2009

 OSL note:  As many of you know, the states coordinate the contents of our annual public library surveys through what is now the Public Library Statisical Cooperative.  80% or so of the data you give us is sent on to the IMLS and its agent, the U.S. Census to produce the dataset that underlies reports such as this, the Hennen report, the LJ Index and more...

 IMLS Announces New Data Note on Libraries' Role in Providing Broadband Access

Washington, DC-The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today launched a new series of data notes to inform library and museum policies and practices. The first data note, Libraries Use Broadband to Serve High Need Communities, focuses on the role that public libraries play in providing access points to broadband services for people in urban and rural areas, and families in need. To read the data note, please go to: http://www.imls.gov/pdf/DataNote2009_01.pdf.

"These publications are part of our overall plan to develop and disseminate short, intermediate, and long-range research projects," said Anne-Imelda M. Radice, IMLS Director. "Our goal is to provide reliable and consistent data on museums and libraries that these institutions can use to help demonstrate public value."

Future IMLS Data Notes will provide a concise analysis of existing data on the governance structure of museums; the library workforce; and summer reading programs.

IMLS will soon begin releasing IMLS Research Briefs, 4-6 page publications examining issues such as youth services in museums and libraries, museum attendance, circulation and visitation trends in U.S.
libraries, and the conservation needs of small museums.

The IMLS will continue to support in-depth research reports, such as the recently-released Exhibiting Public Value: Government Funding for Museums in the United States and other program evaluations.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.
The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov.

Ann Reed, Federal Programs Coordinator
Library Development Services, Oregon State Library
250 Winter St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
phone: (503) 378-5027
fax: (503) 378-6439
ann.reed at state.or.us
website: www.oregon.gov/osl/ld/index.shtml
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