May 17, 2022

IMLS Releases Findings From FY 2018 State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAA) Survey

From IMLS:

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has released the latest report on the State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAA) Survey.

The biennial survey, conducted in 2019, assesses the condition of SLAAs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia in FY 2018.

Expenditures across SLAAs totaled over $1.1 billion in FY 2018, and the report found the decreases in revenues and staffing that SLAAs experienced during and immediately after the economic recession from 2007 to 2009 had stabilized. Despite the declines during the recession, SLAAs continued to provide a wide array of services to the libraries in their states.


In FY 2018, there were 2,524 full-time equivalent positions across all SLAAs; nearly half (48 percent) were in library services, followed by library development (20 percent), other services (18 percent), and administration (14 percent). In line with the decline in revenues, the survey found that the number of SLAA staff members declined by 27 percent over the past twelve years.

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