The State Library participates in the national efforts to collect data about public libraries and public library use.
Public Libraries in Louisiana: A Statistical Report
This is an annual report compiled from the data which is collected each year from each of the public library systems in Louisiana.
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Louisiana Public Library Statistics: Facts about Louisiana's Public Libraries and Their Economic Impact on the State
National Library Statistics
The American Library Association has an Office for Research and Statistics. They produce a number of reports with overall statistics on various kinds of libraries in the United States.
The Institute for Museum and Library Services is the federal agency charged with collecting data on public libraries in the United States. Their web site includes data on public libraries, a searchable directory of public libraries in the US, and a web-based software tool which can be used to compare either specific public libraries or public libraries based on specific data items.
The National Center for Educational Statistics gathers data on school (K – 12) and academic (community college, college, and university) libraries. They produce an annual report entitled The Digest of Educational Statistics.
Data compiled by state libraries
The Library Research Service (Colorado) has a page with links to public library statistics published on state library web sites. http://www.lrs.org/public/other.php
• Personal ROI Calculator – Calculate your individual estimated Return on Investment
• Library ROI Calculator – Calculate an estimated Return on Investment for your library
• Wage Calculator – This wage calculator allows you to enter an hourly, weekly, monthly, or annual salary, and see what that translates into for the other time periods. This is also linked from job postings on LibraryJobline.org.
• Random Date Generator – This random date generator allows users to generate a number of random dates for any calendar year, allowing for limitors such as the ability to exclude specific days of the week and allowing a maximum number of dates per month.
• Hours Calculator – This multiple outlet hours calculator determines total annual and weekly operating hours, as well as annual non-overlapping hours for libraries with multiple outlets.