The Office for Research and Statistics (ORS) provides expert advice on all matters related to research and statistics about libraries, librarians, and library staff to association staff, members, and the public. Its multiyear study undertaken with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Public Library Funding and Technology Access, is the most comprehensive survey of patrons' use of library technology ever undertaken; its 2009 report Job-Seeking in U.S. Public Libraries provides the quantitative underpinning of Crisis in Employment: A Librarian's Guide to Helping Job Seekers.
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Libraries Connect Communities: Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study 2007-2008 assesses public access to computers, the Internet and Internet-related services in U.S. public libraries, and the impact of library funding changes on connectivity, technology deployment and sustainability. The study builds on the longest-running and largest study of Internet connectivity in public libraries begun in 1994 by John Carlo Bertot and Charles R. McClure.
This comprehensive report provides information that can help library directors and library IT staff benchmark and advocate for technology resources in communities across the nation. The data also are of importance for policymakers at local, state and federal levels, manufacturers of information and communication technologies, and the communities served by public libraries.
The study provides data from thousands of rural, suburban and urban libraries in every state; information provided by state library agencies; and feedback from focus groups and site visits in New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Additional state data tables are provided online at Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study and Public Libraries & the Internet
The study is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the American Library Association.