ALA/Public Library Association News

Last month the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), launched new survey and a newly-released portal in which to complete it and view results. This supports PLA’S ongoing efforts to provide public libraries with tools for data-driven leadership. By now, libraries may have received invitations to participate in the 2021…

2020 Texas Public Library Statistics Available

Thank you to all the Texas public library directors and library staff who completed and submitted the 2020 Texas Public Library Annual Report! The statistics gathered provide the best picture of library service and funding, which is vital for stakeholders to know! Additionally, we are building a picture of how libraries handled the pandemic crisis…

RIPL “Data Boot Camp” Free Webinar Series

The Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) opens their thought-changing, practice-expanding data conference experience to any who are interested in taking their library’s data to the next level. Curriculum from the RIPL 2020 national event is offered in a free webinar series this winter. These are NOT webinars spent listening and multi-tasking. Instead, participants must…

2019 Texas Public Library Statistics Available

We are truly grateful for the tremendous effort made by Texas public librarians this year in submitting their 2019 Annual Report! Amidst library closures and staff working remotely, reports were submitted on time and accurately. These statistics provide the best picture of library service and funding, which is vitally important for stakeholders to know! Libraries…

Census 2020 and Your Library

Census Day is April 1, 2020. What’s new this year? For the first time, the United States Census will be conducted primarily online. The Census is conducted only once every ten years. It counts every person who is residing in the U.S., regardless of immigration status or citizenship. How is Census data used? Census data…