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Title:Public libraries’ resources and children’s use: preliminary results of imls public library survey data analysis
Author(s):Joo, Soohyung; Cahill, Maria
public library
library resources
IMLS Public Library Survey
Abstract:This study analyzed IMLS Public Library Service data to examine the relationships between library resources and children’s public library use. Libraries were categorized into three groups according to service population size. Two groups of variables were selected from the dataset which represent “resources” (i.e. expenditures, staff, and materials necessary for providing services to library patrons) and “children’s use” (i.e. circulation of children’s materials and attendance at children’s programs), and all variables were standardized by service population size. Correlation analysis, multiple regression, and analysis of variance were employed for data analysis. Results show that most of the selected resources variables are significantly associated with children’s use across all three groups, and staff size, collection expenditures, and print volumes significantly influenced children’s material circulation. Children’s material circulation accounted for 33.7% out of the total library circulation, and proportions of program attendance were higher than 70% across the three groups.
Issue Date:2016-03-15
Citation Info:NA
Series/Report:IConference 2016 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Poster
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-03-08

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