Library Data: IMLS Launches New State Library Administrative Agency (SLAA) Survey Comparison Tool
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has launched a new State Library Administrative Agency (SLAA) Survey Comparison Tool on IMLS.gov.The SLAA Survey Comparison Tool is an online dashboard that allows users to select and compare data from up to 3 states collected from the biennial SLAA Survey in a visually accessible and user-friendly fashion.
IMLS data on public libraries is well established, but for years the agency has been collecting data from the SLAAs biennially, allowing IMLS to report on their characteristics, such as budgets, staffing levels, and financial assistance and services provided to public, school, and academic libraries in their states. The new SLAA Survey Comparison Tool will now allow users to access the data historically buried in PDFs and data files on IMLS.gov, and select and compare up to 3 states and the national average on a range of data elements pertinent to the SLAA’s roles and responsibilities, displaying results both in 10-year trend graphs or data tables for easy comparison. The tool also includes service tables for each state that help paint an overall picture of the work that SLAAs do for libraries in their state, from awarding of grants, funding for statewide databases or literacy programs, or provision of emerging technologies such as Wi-Fi Hotspots.
SLAAs administer approximately two thirds of the IMLS grantmaking budget every year, providing substantial support to libraries across the nation.
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