2008 National Survey of Public Library Funding and Technology Access

A national survey of public library funding and technology access was mailed to public libraries in early September 2008. The survey, part of a broader study of public library funding and technology access issues, is funded by the American Library Association and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and conducted by researchers from Florida State University’s Information Use Management and Policy Institute and the University of Maryland’s Center for Library Innovation, and builds on research conducted since 1994. More information on this and previous studies is available at www.ala.org/plinternetfunding . There you will also find the most recent study report. Additional survey findings are available at www.ii.fsu.edu/plinternet/.

The answers you provide will provide public libraries, state library agencies, the American Library Association, policymakers, and others with extremely important data regarding public library computer and Internet access issues, what it takes to sustain public access computer and Internet services in your library, and the impacts of such public access services on the communities that your library serves.

You may access the survey at http://www.plinternetsurvey.org/. The survey is web-based and has a total of 21 questions that will take you about 40 minutes to complete. PLEASE COMPLETE THE SURVEY BY NOVEMBER 7, 2008.

You will need your FSCS Library ID code included in the survey announcement letter you received to initiate the survey. If you have lost that ID number, you can look it up on the survey site. If you have any questions, or need further assistance, please e-mail support@plinternetsurvey.org.

To date, only 8 Vermont Libraries have responded.  I know that your time is very valuable, but please take some time to participate.

Rob Geiszler
Regional Consultant
Department of Libraries