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State of America's Libraries

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on Friday, June 12, 2009 in WLA Blog Archive
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The value of America's libraries continued to grow in 2008, as people looked for cost-effective resources, according to ALA's State of America's Libraries report, released April 13, 2009. However, public library funding didn't keep pace with use. There are many other key findings in the report. The full text is available at http://www.ala.org/2009state. ...

National Center for Education Statistics reports on academic libraries

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on Friday, July 18, 2008 in WLA Blog Archive
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The NCES has released "Academic Libraries: 2006 First Look," a statistical profile of the libraries serving postsecondary, two- and four-year degree-granting institutions throughout the U.S. The report includes information on services, collections, staff, revenue, and expenditures. The full report, including supplemental tables, is available at: http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2008337.The public-use data file is available at: http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2008348For information about obtaining a restricted-use data license to use the 2006 ALS restricted-use data: http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/licenses.asp .For more information about this survey, please go to the Library Statistics Program home page at http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/libraries/.From:CHANNEL WEEKLYThe DLTCL Electronic NewsletterVolume 10, Number 38 - July 17, 2008Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community LearningWisconsin Department of Public Instruction...

WAAL 2007: DataFerrett!

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on Thursday, April 19, 2007 in WLA Blog Archive
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Virtual Processing of Govt Data FilesMike WatkinsMike, the govdocs guy at UW-Oshkosh, gave us a whirlwind tour ofDataFerrett (http://dataferrett.census.gov/) , a very cool tool fordealing with some government statistical datasets. This would be verypowerful for students and faculty working in a variety of fields,including political science, public policy, health care, economics,statistics...Below are my "scribbled" notes from Mike's PPT. They in no way reflectthe depth of Mike's knowledge about DataFerrett...FERRETT: Federated Electronic Research, Review, Extraction andTabulation Tool extracts and tabulates data from "small" data sets first release was a collaboration between BLS and Census Bureau; nowCensus and CDC applet and/or application which must be downloaded -- can be a problemon restricted computers datasets: microdata aggregate data time series data longitudinal data microdata: small samples taken from surveys scientific sampling techniques decennial census 1% and 5% samples small sample means large geographic areas: smallest is the MSAPublic Use Microdata Raw Data Presents students...