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This is a varied group. Some are short presentations of data and others are more rigorous. A few background publications on this series are below

NCES-IMLS Reports
Title Date File size Notes
The State of Small and Rural Libraries in the United States September, 2013 1.3MB Research Brief No. 5
13 pages.
Public Libraries in the United States Survey, FY 2011 n.d. 64KB Fast Facts, 1 page.
Public Libraries in the United States Survey, FY 2010 n.d. 174KB Fast Facts, 1 page.
Service Trends in U.S. Public Libraries, 1997-2007 December, 2009 278KB Research Brief No. 1
6 pages.
Bridge Study of the Imputation Methods for
the Public Libraries Survey (PLS): FY2006-08
2009? 578 KB ED Tab
19 pages
IMLS changed and adapted the imputation methods with the FY 2008 Survey.
Households’ Use of Public and Other Types of Libraries: 2002 January 2007 165 KB NCES 2007-327,
98 pages
Public Library Trends, Fiscal Years 1992-1996 March 2001 651 KB Statistical Analysis Report
NCES 2001-324,
149 pages
Measuring Inflation in Public Libraries: A Comparison of Two Approaches, the Input Cost Index and the Cost Services Index April 1999 6.6 MB Statistical Analysis Report
NCES 1999-325,
96 pages
from ERIC: ED 428 780
How Does Your Public Library Compare? Service Performance of Peer Groups September 1998 136KB Statistics in Brief
NCES 98-310,
18 pages
Use of Public Library Services by Households in the United States: 1996 February 1997 48 KB Statistics in Brief
NCES 97-446,
12 pages
Public Library Structure and Organization in the United States March 1996 2,170 KB Technical Report
NCES 96-229,
48 pages
Report on Evaluation of Definitions Used in the Public Library Statistics Program January 1995 4,828 KB Technical Report
NCES 95-430,
132 pages
Services and Resources for Children and Young Adults in Public Libraries August 1995 5,710 KB Fast Response Survey System
NCES 95-357,
132 pages
Finance Data in the Public Library Statistics Program: Definitions, Internal Consistency, and Comparisons to Secondary Sources April 1995 4,834 KB Technical Report
NCES 95-209,
69 pages
Staffing Data in the Public Library Statistics Program Definitions, Internal Consistency, and Comparisons to Secondary Sources August 1995 4,556 KB Fast Response Survey System
NCES 95-186,
70 pages
Data Comparability and Public Policy: New Interest in Public Library Data; Papers Presented at Meetings of The American Statistical Association November 1994 11,408 KB Working Paper No 94-07,
94 pages
Services and Resources for Children in Public Libraries, 1988-89. Contractor Report March 1990 1,997 KB Survey Report
NCES 90-098,
40 pages

The following are documents funded or sponsored by NCES and/or NCLIS but not published by NCES. There are background publications on the series itself.

Title Date File size Notes
Report on the Library and Information Services Policy Forum on Impact of Information Technology and Special Programming on Library Services to Special Populations May 20-21, 1996 4.2MB 74 pages
Proceedings of the Library and Information Services Policy Forum; Changes in Library and Information Services: 1996-2001 May 15-16, 1995 6.MB Funded by NCES and Co-sponsored by the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science
116 pages
Library and Information Services Policy: A Forum Report September 23-24, 1993 6.1MB Sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science
113 pages
An Action Plan for a Federal-State Cooperative System for Public Library Data April 1989 2.9MB Supported by the U.S. Nation Commission on Libraries and Information Science and the National Center for Education Statistics
70 pages
Analysis of Library Data Collection and Development of Plans for the Future, Final Report to the National Center for Education Statistics November 15, 1984 6.5MB by Mary Jo Lynch
153 pages
Library Human Resources: A Study of Supply and Demand: A report prepared for the National Center for Education Statistics and the Office of Libraries and Learning Technology by King Research, Inc 1983 10MB issued by the American Library Association
243 pages