How Massachusetts Ranks FY2005, December 2007(v.11,n.1)

Massachusetts was in the top half for most of the latest state rankings:

  • Massachusetts public libraries maintain a high level of resources for their residents:
    3rd in the number of print materials per capita.

    15th in the number of current serial subscriptions per 1,000 population.
  • Massachusetts residents benefit from the high level of library professionals:
    9th in the number of paid FTE librarians per 25,000 population.

    6th in the number of paid FTE librarians with ALA-accredited MLS degrees per 25,000 population.
  • Funding still does not quite match the resource and staffing ranks:
    18th for total income per capita.

    17th for local income per capita.
  • Audio and video resources lag:
    14th in the number of video materials per 1,000 population.

    19th in the number of audio materials per 1,000 population.
  • Circulation up's and down's:
    4th in the number of interlibrary loans received per 1,000 population.

    20th in the number of direct circulation transactions per capita.
  • Internet Terminals:
    23rd in the number of public-use Internet terminals per 5,000 population.
  • Reference transactions have slipped:
    33rd in the number of reference transactions per capita.
  • Visits:
    15th in the number library visits per capita.

Selected Rankings for Massachusetts, FY2005

statistic 2005 MA value
(2004 value)
2005 MA rank*
(2004 rank)
highest ranking state and number of main libraries value lowest ranking state and number of main libraries value
ILL's received per 1,000 647.00
(542.03)
4
(4)
Wisconsin
382
945.77
Hawaii
1
0.03
circulation per capita 7.85
(772)
20
(20)
Ohio
251
15.03 District of Columbia
1
2.05
print materials per capita 4.97
(4.91)
3
(4)
Maine
272
5.39 Nevada
22
1.63
audio materials per 1,000 population 173.86
(163.06)
19
(19)
Ohio
251
323.95 Georgia
58
63.34
video materials per 1,000 population 188.83 (167.70) 14
(14)
Ohio
251
344.14 District of Columbia
1
42.22
current print serial subscriptions per 1,000 population 9.34 (9.30) 15
(15)
New Hampshire
230
13.40 Georgia
58
2.77
public-use Internet terminals per 5,000 population 3.41 (3.32) 23
(21)
South Dakota
125
6.65 Nevada
22
1.88
paid FTE librarians per 25,000 population 6.59 (6.48) 9
(10)
New Hampshire
230
8.32 Georgia
58
1.97
paid FTE ALA-MLS librarians per 25,000 population 4.28 (4.21) 6
(7)
District of Columbia
1
6.75 Arkansas
48
0.97
total operating income per capita $35.42 ($33.18) 18
(19)
Ohio
251
$61.41 Mississippi
50
$14.51
local operating income per capita $30.70 ($29.12) 17
(13)
District of Columbia
1
$55.93 West Virginia
97
(Hawaii reported zero local income)
$9.56
reference transactions per capita 0.85
(0.89)
33
(29)
District of Columbia
1
2.06 Montana
80
0.50
library visits per capita 5.86 (5.75) 15
(14)
Ohio
251
7.23 Mississippi
50
2.85

* Massachusetts has 370 independent main libraries.

Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center fore Educational Statistics, Federal-State Cooperative System (FSCS) for Public Library Data, Public Libraries Durvey (PLS), FY2005.

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