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National Center for Education Statistics

This report provides a variety of measures of households' use of public libraries and notes some interesting comparisons. It is a product of the Library Statistics Program at the National Center for Education Statistics. The data for this study were collected as part of the October 2002 Current Population Survey (CPS) Library Supplement. Separately from the CPS supplement, the Library Statistics Program also administers its own annual survey of public libraries, the first of which was conducted in 1989. The results from these surveys are released in an annual report which documents the structure of the nation's public library system, providing counts of central libraries, branches, and bookmobiles. It includes measures of libraries' collections, staff, revenues, and expenditures. While the annual survey includes various measures of service (e.g., library visits, circulation, reference transactions), these measure only the traffic through the library; they do not indicate what proportion of the population is actually using the library. The 2002 Library use supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS), was intended to provide that information. The CPS interviews were conducted October 13-19, 2002. The core CPS survey questions and parts of the school enrollment supplement were asked about all persons in the household. However, the library use questions were asked of the household in general. Thus, the responses represent public library use by households and not by individuals. To do the analysis reported here, some household characteristics were derived from individual characteristics. For example, if all members of a household were of the same race/ethnicity, the household was described by that same race/ethnicity. If different race/ethnic categories were reported by different members of the household, the household is described here as being of "mixed" race/ethnicity. Following the introduction, a section on selected findings of this study is presented. This is followed by the data tables and appendices. The following are appended: (1) Standard Error Tables; (2) Technical Notes--The Current Population Survey; (3) Questionnaire; and (4) Glossary. (Contains 54 tables and 7 footnotes.)

Descriptors: Public Libraries, College Libraries, Special Libraries, Libraries, Motor Vehicles, Use Studies, Family (Sociological Unit), Family Characteristics, National Surveys

National Center for Education Statistics. Available from: ED Pubs. P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 877-433-7827; Web site: http://nces.ed.gov/help/orderinfo.asp





Autor: Glander, Mark; Dam, Thuy

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=5341&id=ED495078



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