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Local Support for Public Libraries in Tennessee Counties
PUBLIC LIBRARY STATISTICS
Tennessee Public Library Statistics
The State Library and Archives participates in the national Public Library Survey collected by the U.S Census Bureau and administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Many data elements in the Tennessee Public Library Survey form correspond to those required for participation in the national survey, ensuring that Tennessee's public library statistics are comparable to those of the other 49 states and the District of Columbia.
MARKETING: What are Tennessee Public Libraries Doing? Infographics and Reports.
START HERE: Annual Data Collection
The PLS survey closed on September 30, 2020.
Link to survey through Counting Opinions at
Need your log in information?
Contact Christy Chandler at firstname.lastname@example.org
What's New on the FY 2020 PLS
To help you and your libraries prepare for the annaul data collection in September, this memo provides an overview of the survey changes. There is one revised question, two deleted questions, 17 new questions (most related to Covid-19), and additional drop-down selections for programs.
EXCITING NEWS! Need data for your library at the click of a button? Check out Tennessee Libraries by the Numbers.
This tool provides an easy way to query and view data from the annual IMLS Public Libraries Survey. You will simply enter your library name in the search box and from there, you can refine your search based on listed selections.
"Libraries aren’t as quiet as they used to be, but we still have trouble making everyone aware of the huge impact libraries are making in their communities. This new tool will help libraries toot their horns. It will be particularly helpful at city and county budget hearings." Chuck Sherrill, State Librarian and Archivist
TAXPAYER RETURN ON INVESTMENT
What is your Library worth to you?
How much would you pay out-of-pocket for your library services?
- Enter in the left-hand column the number of times per month you or your family use each service.
- Estimated retail value of each service will be calculated on the right.
- Total value of your library use is shown at the bottom of the worksheet.
- Tip: Use the "Tab" key to move between entries. Enter numbers into the form only, and do not use commas.
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