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Evaluation Project: South Carolina Public Libraries Survey

Project Description:

The South Carolina Public Libraries Survey (PLS) examines when, where, and how library services are changing to meet the needs of the public. These data, supplied annually by public libraries across the country, provide information that policymakers and practitioners can use to make informed decisions about the support and strategic management of libraries. The survey provides statistics on the status of public libraries in South Carolina and is added to the data collected from public libraries in the United States. The data content includes information about library visits, circulation, size of collections, public service hours, staffing, electronic resources, operating revenues and expenditures and number of service outlets.

Question/Problem Statement:

What is the question that needs to be answered or the problem that needs be solved?
While the majority of survey questions are standardized, each State Library may add additional questions to their survey. What are the most relevant and useful survey questions to add to the general survey, specific to our state’s public libraries?

Statement of Why:

Why does the library need this answer/solution? What will the library be able to do after it has this answer/solution?
To grow our understanding of SC public library’s needs, identify any anomalies, research current trends and successes, and compare each public library data from past surveys and with other state’s public libraries included in the project.
By analyzing these data, the SC State Library is able to best support the needs of our public libraries and communities.
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