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Characteristics and trends in the public library data service report

Full APA Reference

Varvel, V. E. Jr. (2010, May/June). Characteristics and trends in the public library data service report. Public Libraries, 49(3) 36-44.

Publication Abstract

Access to timely and relevant data is an essential component for public libraries. The Public Library Data Service (PLDS) survey 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 have provided 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 both an online subscription database and yearly print report.1 Results available directly in that report are not duplicated in the analysis available here. Rather, this report presents trends across the data and across population groups.