The Office of Library and Information Services collects and analyzes financial, service and staffing data from Rhode Island public libraries on an annual basis through the Public Library Annual Survey. The survey is administered using the Counting Opinions LibPAS online survey tool. The Public Library Annual Survey also serves as the certification and application process for State Aid to Libraries, often referred to as Grant-in-Aid. Public libraries applying for State Aid to Libraries must submit the Public Library Annual Report each year.
The FY2017 survey is now closed. The survey was open for data entry from Monday July 17, 2017 and closedFriday September 15, 2017 at 4:00pm. The reporting period for the FY2017 survey is July, 1 2016 through June 30, 2017.
Public libraries can access their survey data though the Counting Opinions LibPAS online survey tool. Several templates have been created to allow public library staff to quickly obtain data about their library and compare it to others. Staff can also design their own custom reports. The following resources are available to assist Public Libraries in generating annual survey data reports:
Data about each libraries' collection and collection use(circulation) has been gathered from Sierra and prefilled into the survey this year. The data was gathered using the following reports and temaplates provided by Ocean State Libraries (OSL):