The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has updated its Public Libraries in the United States Survey (PLS) website with final FY 2011 data. The survey collects descriptive statistics annually from more than 9,000 public libraries in the US.
The data files are provided in CSV, XLS, flat ASCII, and SAS formats. According to IMLS, the 2011 file was “re-geocoded using the most current mapping technology. This included not only updates to latitude and longitude fields, but also the addition of a new field with information on metropolitan/micropolitan status…most entities…saw little (less than 50 feet) or no change to their LAT-LONG positions, suggesting that the precision was already very high for most entities.” A forthcoming data note will provide more details.
The FY 2011 Public Libraries Survey report is scheduled to be released in early fall 2013.