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Texas Public Libraries Updated Statistics and Tools Available!

2018 September 11
by Valicia Greenwood

Does the idea of making a set of slides with graphs and charts keep you awake at night? Especially if those presentations hold the key to keeping your library running efficiently?

We have some tools that will help!

Direct your browser to the Texas Public Library Statistics page, https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/pubs/pls/index.html.  We have compiled information from the Texas Public Libraries Annual Reports, from reporting years 1996 through 2017.

Library Comparison

Library Comparison

You can compare your library to up to four others using the Individual Library Statistics and Comparison Charts.

Summaries and totals for all the libraries in the state can be found in the Texas Public Library Statewide Statistics.  The format has been revised and condensed this year.

Using the Five-Year Trend Charts, trends for a variety of measures since 2012 can be viewed and used by selecting the library’s city and then simply downloading an Excel chart for the subject you wish to present.

There are graphics for operating expenditures, operating revenue, library use, collection information, and library program trends.

One library was able to demonstrate that, with a relatively flat budget for the last five years, programs and program attendance increased. They could persuasively argue that, with the addition of a few more dollars, even greater gains in library use could be made.

Programs and Program Attendance

Programs and Program Attendance

Use this information to display your local statistics or see how you measure up statewide.  To view the national picture, take a look at the information available through IMLS to view national data (https://www.imls.gov/research-evaluation/data-collection/public-libraries-survey).  Statistics from 2016 were released this summer.

If you need any assistance or additional information, contact Library Statistics Specialist Valicia Greenwood (vgreenwood@tsl.texas.gov) or LSTA/Accreditation Program Coordinator Stacey Malek (smalek@tsl.texas.gov).  You can also call us, toll-free in Texas:  800-252-9386.

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