Descriptive statistics are collected for all public libraries. Data are available for individual public libraries and are also aggregated to state and national levels.
Click the "Appendix B: Technical Notes" bookmark in:
E.D. TAB: Public Libraries in the United States: Fiscal Year 2004 (1.02 MB)
Over 9,000 public libraries identified in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the outlying areas. Beginning with Fiscal Year 1989, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have submitted their annual data. Unit and item response to this survey are very high.
At the state level, FSCS is administered by Data Coordinators, appointed by each of the state's or outlying area's chief officer of the state library agency. State Data Coordinators collect the requested data from local public libraries and submit these data to NCES.
The FSCS Steering Committee representing State Data Coordinators and other public library constituents is active in the development of FSCS data elements, software, and training.
An annual training conference sponsored by NCES is provided for the State Data Coordinators.
Technical assistance to states is provided by phone and in person by:
Guide For Reporting Data For The Public Libraries Survey, FY 2005 Using The Web Public Library Universe System Software