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Characteristics and trends in the public library data service 2010 statistical report

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Varvel, V. E. Jr. (2010, November/December). Characteristics and trends in the public library data service 2010 statistical report. Public Libraries, 49(6), 34-42.

Publication Abstract

Access to timely, accurate, and relevant data is an essential component for public libraries. The Public Library Data Service (PLDS) Statistical Report has been providing such data to the library community since 1988. PLDS is an annual survey conducted on behalf of the Public Library Association (PLA) where public libraries from the United States and Canada provide information on finances, library resources, annual use figures, technology, and additional yearly special categories. The results of this survey are published by PLA and available as an online subscription longitudinal database containing five years of data and also as yearly print reports. Results that are available directly in that report are not duplicated in the analysis presented here. Not all data points from the PLDS report are analyzed.