May 27, 2022

Now Available: IMLS Releases Public Library Survey Data (PLS FY 2011) Online

From the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Direct to Data Files

You can access the FY 2011 data along with datasets back to 1992 here.

The FY 2011 PLS report will be released in the early fall.

Note From Deanne Swan, IMLS Senior Statistician (via E-Mail):

The full file (AE and outlet) was re-geocoded using the most current mapping technology.  This included not only updates to latitude and longitude fields, but also the addition of a new field with information on metropolitan/micropolitan status.  Justin Grimes, IMLS Statistician, and I are also working on a data note to provide information about the effect of these updates, including how many records saw a change from the original FY 2008 coding and, if there was a change, the magnitude of that change.  As noted in the data documentation, most entities (81% of AEs and 75% of outlets) saw little (less than 50 feet) or no change to their LAT-LONG positions, suggesting that the precision was already very high for most entities.  The data note will articulate this in more detail.

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