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MD Public Library Statistics External web site - Statistics are available for each Fiscal Year. They provide a breakdown by county and overall for the state for budget, circulation, staffing and borrowers.

Making the Case for Libraries in Maryland

Maryland Library Survey External web site - Potomac Incorporated has completed a comprehensive study of attitudes about local public libraries in Maryland for the Southern Maryland Regional Library Association, Inc. (SMRLA) and the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Library Development and Services (DLDS). The results are summarized in this report., which includes county specific information.

Advocacy and the Statewide Surveys - PPT

Making the Case for Libraries in the Internet Age

Information Searches That Solve Problems, 12/30/2007 External web site - a survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, in partnership with the University of Illinois -Urbana-Champaign, challenges the assumption that libraries are losing relevance in the internet age. People who have faced one of several common government-related problems in the past two years are more likely to consult the internet than other sources, including experts and family members. The survey results challenge the assumption that libraries are losing relevance in the internet age. Libraries drew visits by more than half of Americans (53%) in the past year for all kinds of purposes, not just the problems mentioned in this survey. And it was the young adults in tech-loving Generation Y (age 18-30) who led the pack. Compared to their elders, Gen Y members were the most likely to use libraries for problem-solving information and in general patronage for any purpose."

Libraries Connect Communities: Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study 2010-11 Report External web site - The 2010-2011 Study, conducted by the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Research & Statistics and the Information Policy & Access Center at the University of Maryland, builds on the largest study of Internet connectivity in public libraries that began in 1994. Study findings provide an annual "state of the library" report on the technology resources brokered by our libraries and the funding that enables free public access to these resources.

Libraries Prosper with Passion, Purpose and Persuasion - (PPT) from the Maryland Library Trustees and Citizens for Maryland Libraries Annual Conference, November 03, 2007

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