How Massachusetts Ranks, July 2003 (v.6, n.5)


Massachusetts was in the top half for most of the ranked statistics in the latest release from the National Center for Education Statistics.*

  • Massachusetts public libraries continue to maintain a high level of resources for their residents:
    3rd in the number of book and serial volumes per capita (same as FY2000).

    4th in the number of current serial subscriptions per 1,000 population (down from 3rd in FY2000).
  • Massachusetts residents benefit from the high level of library professionals:
    6th in the number of paid FTE librarians per 25,000 population (down from 5th in FY2000).

    6th in the number of paid FTE librarians with ALA-accredited MLS degrees per 25,000 population (same as FY2000).
  • Funding still does not quite match the resource and staffing ranks:
    13th for total income per capita (up from 14th in FY2000).

    13th for local income per capita (same as FY2000).
  • Audio and video resources lag:
    13th in the number of video materials per 1,000 population (up from 14th in FY2000).

    22nd in the number of audio materials per 1,000 population (down from 21st in FY2000).
  • Circulation up's and down's:
    4th in the number of interlibrary loans received per 1,000 population (same as FY2000).

    20th in the number of direct circulation transactions per capita (same as FY2000).
  • Reference transactions:
    25th in the number of reference transactions per capita (down from 24th in FY2000).
  • Visits:
    14th in the number library visits per capita (we finally had enough libraries reporting data, 70%, to be included in the rankings).

Selected Rankings for Massachusetts, FY2001

statistic MA value
('00 value)
MA rank ** highest ranking state and number of main libraries value lowest ranking state and number of main libraries value
ILL's received per 1,000 259.05
(228.25)
4 Rhode Island
48
544.51 Hawaii
1
.44
direct circulation per capita 7.22
(7.36)
20 Ohio
250
13.79 Mississippi
49
3.19
book and serial volumes per capita 4.80
(4.90)
3 Maine
271
5.00 Arizona
39
1.71
audio materials per 1,000 135.10
(128.85)
22 Ohio
250
301.02 Arkansas
43
43.66
video materials per 1,000 116.92
(103.87)
13 Ohio
250
239.25 Arkansas
43
39.36
current serial subscriptions per 1,000 13.76
(14.06)
4 Vermont
190
14.30 Tennessee
183
3.56
paid FTE librarians per 25,000 7.10
(6.69)
6 New Hampshire
228
8.39 North Carolina
76
2.00
paid FTE MLS librarians per 25,000 4.35
(4.37)
6 Connecticut
194
5.25 Arkansas
43
0.84
total income per capita $34.74
($33.30)
13 Ohio
250
$60.11 Mississippi
49
$13.42
local income per capita $28.13
($27.22)
13 New York
750
$39.75 West Virginia
97
(Hawaii reported zero local income)
$8.52
reference transactions per capita 0.87
(0.87)
25 New York
750
1.79 Mississippi
49
0.47
library visits per capita 5.24
(0.00)
14 Colorado
113
6.36 Arkansas
43
2.77

* Source: Public Library State Ranking Tables, FY2001, NCES.

** Massachusetts has 370 independent main libraries.

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