Public Libraries (Library Development) | Statistics
- Census Information
- Counting Opinions Reports Tool
- Data Digest Extras
- Public Libraries Statistics
- Library Value Calculator
- School Libraries Statistics
- Reporting Statistics (ILL, Courier)
Whether you are writing a grant or justifying a budget request, current census data is often needed. The following sites will provide current data. If additional assistance is needed, call the State Library and ask to speak with Research.
- U.S. Census Bureau
- School District Demographics System: Census 2000
U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences: National Center for Education Statistics
- Children's Defense Fund
Child Research Data & Publications
Counting Opinions Reports Tool
For all South Dakota public library directors, school librarians and administrators…
You now have access to Public Libraries Survey and School Libraries Survey data through the Counting Opinions Reports tool. This easy but powerful tool can help you analyze your library's data for trends across time and compare your library's data to others in the State.
Access the Reports tool at the online survey site: sd.countingopinions.com
Learn the basics of using the Reports tool and building reports:
- How to access the reports tool and create a report
- Using Report Types
- Using filters to sort and drill down
Public Libraries Statistics
The annual South Dakota Public Libraries Survey collects statistics from South Dakota's public libraries using sd.countingopinions.com . Data is submitted at the state level (see Data Digests) and at the federal level to the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The State Library makes the data available for use by South Dakota public librarians and their stakeholders. If you want to know more or would like help accessing and analyzing your library's data contact State Library Data Coordinator, Shawn Behrends email , 605-773-3131 (Option 6).
South Dakota Public Libraries: Data Digest
The South Dakota State Library has compiled an annual report of public library statistics that librarians can use as talking points with their citizens, councilmen, commissioners, and legislators. For current and past reports, continue to Publications.
Public Libraries Survey
Have you opened the FY2014 survey yet? Do you know what's new on the PLS? Is there a question that stumps you every year?
The South Dakota Public Libraries Survey FY2014 runs January 26 - March 31, 2015
Webinars were held in February, 2015. An archived video of the webinar follows:
The FY 2013 Public Libraries survey data for South Dakota libraries is available for your review.
- Review the latest Public Libraries Survey data for individual libraries: www.countingopinions.com
- Two-year comparison of revenue, expenditures, staff, and service indicators for SD public libraries: www.countingopinions.com
- Per Capita Statistics - Public Libraries Survey 2013
If you want to know more or you would like help accessing and analyzing your library's data contact State Library Data Coordinator, Shawn Behrends email , 605-773-3131 (Option 6).
Library Use Calculator
What's your local library worth? Estimate the value of books, media, programs and services your library provides. Share this tool with your patrons, trustees and commissioners.
Library Use Calculator
School Libraries Statistics
The 2014-2015 School Library Survey is officically open and ready to be completed between April 1 and May 13. There is no need to wait until the last day of school!
Only one survey per district is needed.
School librarians, you'll find the survey at https://sd.countingopinions.com. Your login/password are the same as last year. Contact Contact Joan Upell, email or Marta Stirling, email if you need a reminder of that information or have any questions.
South Dakota School Libraries: Data Digest
This publication is a snapshot and summary of statistical school library information harvested each spring from every district in the state. For current and past reports, continue to Publications.
As part of the justification for expenditure of federal FSTA funds, all SD libraries that participate within the SD Library and Minitex Courier service are requested to submit this report monthly (July 1 to June 30 cumulation).
As part of the justification for expenditure of federal LSTA funds, all SD libraries that participate either as nodes within the SD Library Courier service or as nodes with direct communication to MINITEX are requested to submit this report monthly & annually (July 1 through June 30 cumulation).
In order to determine ILL patterns and trends the State Library needs more exact data. For this reason starting with the Public Library Survey—’12 (collected in the spring of 2013) we will be collecting more detailed information. These forms are for you to begin to collect monthly data starting in January of 2012.
The South Dakota State Library is excited to share with all South Dakota public libraries access to "Short Takes for Trustees" a series of 10 short videos for you and your Trustees to view through March, 2016.
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