Two spreadsheets were added to the Resources section of the Public Libraries Survey LibGuide this week.
If you have filled out the Public Libraries Survey (PLS) in the past, you are familiar with the first one: 2021 Online Library Resource (OLR) Usage. This is where you find your library’s calendar year usage for the online resources provided via the state, either from the North Dakota State Library or from ODIN. For directors who are newer to the Survey, online library resource is the formal term for database.
If you subscribe to any OLRs directly, such as TumbleBooks, CreativeBug, or Prenda, please remember to add those usage numbers to the total on the spreadsheet.
If you need to access your numbers from prior calendar years, we archive those on the Database Usage Statistics page of the State Library’s website, under the For Libraries tab. You can also see your library’s month-to-month usage numbers here.
The second spreadsheet is a new one: Legal Service Area (LSA) Populations per 2020 U.S. Census. The Legal Service Area population field on the PLS is prefilled by the State Library, but we would appreciate you reviewing the information on the spreadsheet for accuracy, particularly if you are not a county library.
There are two tabs to the spreadsheet. The By Library tab lists each library and our understanding of their service area. The second tab, By City, lists all North Dakota communities, sorted by county. If there are any small nearby communities for which you formally provide service, please let us know so we can update your total service population. Formally providing service means that you either receive some sort of revenue for granting cards to residents of that community (it does not have to be tax revenue) or you have a contract to grant them cards. If you simply serve everyone in your county, you can skip this step. This information assists us not just with this year’s PLS, but with State Library initiatives to identify all the areas of the state that are not currently served by a public library.
Please contact the new State Data Coordinator, Kristen Northrup, with any questions, concerns, or requests for future article content at email@example.com or 701-328-4681.