Public Libraries (Library Development) | Statistics
- Census Information
- Counting Opinions
- Did You Know?
- Public Libraries
- School Library Statistics
- Reporting Statistics (ILL, Courier)
Whether you are writing a grant or justifying a budget request, current census data is often needed. The following sites will provide current data. If additional assistance is needed, call the State Library and ask to speak with Research.
- U.S. Census Bureau
- School District Demographics System: Census 2000
U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences: National Center for Education Statistics
- Children's Defense Fund
Child Research Data & Publications
For all South Dakota public library directors, school librarians and administrators…
You now have access to Public Libraries Survey and School Libraries Survey data through the Counting Opinions Reports tool. This easy but powerful tool can help you analyze your library's data for trends across time and compare your library's data to others in the State.
Access the Reports tool at the online survey site: sd.countingopinions.com
Learn the basics of using the Reports tool and building reports:
- How to access the reports tool and create a report
- Using Report Types
- Using filters to sort and drill down
South Dakota Public Libraries: Data Digest
The South Dakota State Library has compiled an annual report of public library statistics that librarians can use as talking points with their citizens, councilmen, commissioners, and legislators. For current and past reports, continue to Publications.
Public Library Survey
The FY 2013 Public Libraries survey data for South Dakota libraries is now available. How are we doing?
- Review the latest Public Libraries Survey data for individual libraries: www.countingopinions.com
- Two-year comparison of revenue, expenditures, staff, and service indicators for SD public libraries: www.countingopinions.com
- Per Capita Statistics - Public Libraries Survey 2013
If you want to know more or you would like help accessing and analyzing your library's data contact State Library Data Coordinator, Shawn Behrends (contact info).
The Annual South Dakota Public Library Survey collects statistics from South Dakota's Public Libraries and submits the data to both the State Level (see Data Digests) and the Federal Level, Institute for Museum and Library Services.
School Library Statistics
The SD State Library collects school library statistics using Counting Opinions (South Dakota LibPAS Portal) . School library media personnel gather statistics throughout the school year and report them to the State Library annually. Statistics are compiled and made available for school districts for purposes of comparison and program development.
South Dakota School Libraries: Data Digest
This publication is a snapshot and summary of statistical school library information harvested each spring from every district in the state. For current and past reports, continue to Publications.
As part of the justification for expenditure of federal FSTA funds, all SD libraries that participate within the SD Library and Minitex Courier service are requested to submit this report monthly (July 1 to June 30 cumulation).
As part of the justification for expenditure of federal LSTA funds, all SD libraries that participate either as nodes within the SD Library Courier service or as nodes with direct communication to MINITEX are requested to submit this report monthly & annually (July 1 through June 30 cumulation).
In order to determine ILL patterns and trends the State Library needs more exact data. For this reason starting with the Public Library Survey—’12 (collected in the spring of 2013) we will be collecting more detailed information. These forms are for you to begin to collect monthly data starting in January of 2012.
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