The Public Library Association (PLA) is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.
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Designed to aid and enhance the public library planning and evaluation process, the Public Library Data Service Statistical Report 2009 will help library managers identify top performing libraries, compare service levels and technology usage and provide documentation for funding requests. Also included are the results of a special survey on library facilities.
The data contained in this year’s report was collected from more than 800 public libraries. Categories include financial information, library resources and per capita measures, annual use figures and technology in public libraries. Library identification is also provided.