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Survey of Cultural Programs for Adults in Public Libraries 1998 [United States] (ICPSR 35241)

Principal Investigator(s): American Library Association. Public Programs Office

Summary:

This data set offers information on cultural programs for adults in public libraries in the United States during 1997-98. The study was conducted between February 8 and May 1, 1998 by the Library Research Center in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Surveys were sent by mail to a sample of 1,500 public libraries serving populations of 5,000 people or more - 1,229 completed surveys were returned. The sampling procedure consisted of an initial and two follow-up mailings, the last by certified mail. Data was collected on the types of adult cultural programming offered at each library, program attendance and funding, collaboration with other organizations on cultural programs, the cultural role of the library, and the relative availability of cultural programming in the community served by the library.

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Citation

American Library Association. Public Programs Office. Survey of Cultural Programs for Adults in Public Libraries 1998 [United States]. ICPSR35241-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-05-27. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR35241.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR35241.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    access to arts, adult reading programs, arts, arts attendance, arts participation, authors, foundations, grants, library services, organizations, performing arts, public libraries, reading, reading programs, recreation

Smallest Geographic Unit:    state

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1997--1998

Date of Collection:   

  • 1998-02-08--1998-05-01

Unit of Observation:    public libraries

Universe:    Public libraries serving populations of 5,000 people or more in the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

This study was conducted by the Library Research Center in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, on behalf of the American Library Association. Funding for this study was provided by the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund.

This data collection was previously distributed by the Cultural Policy and the Arts National Data Archive (CPANDA). The CPANDA Identification Number (study number) for the data collection is a00081. CPANDA conducted the following processing steps for release of this collection: produced a codebook, checked for undocumented codes, performed consistency checks, provided frequencies, performed recodes, and reformatted the data.

Quick facts for this data collection,

"Public Libraries as Venues for Cultural Programming," are available from the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies (CACPS) at Princeton University.

Methodology

Study Design:    The survey instrument was developed and pretested by the ALA staff team, and furnished to the LRC for survey administration. The sampling procedure consisted of an initial and two follow-up mailings, the last by certified mail. Surveys were sent by mail to a sample of 1,500 public libraries serving populations of 5,000 people or more - 1,229 completed surveys were returned. Half of the questionnaires were completed by library directors. The universe listing for the survey was the 1994 Federal-State Cooperative System (FSCS) annual directory published by the National Center for Education Statistics. The sampling frame included all libraries serving 100,000 people or more (n = 461) and a proportionately stratified sample of libraries serving populations of 5,000 to 99,999 (n = 2,384). Libraries serving populations under 100,000 also had to meet the following criteria for selection - at least one MLS-degree staff person, at least two paid full-time staff, open at least 40 hours per week, and operating expenditures of at least $100,000 per year. The data were collected between February 8 and May 1, 1998. A total sample of 1,500 was planned to compensate for attrition known to arise from several sources (refusal of libraries to participate in the study; non-response -- i.e., failure of libraries to complete and return the survey questionnaire).

Sample:    The universe listing for the survey was the 1994 Federal-State Cooperative System (FSCS) annual directory file released on disk by the National Center for Education Statistics. The total sample was 1,500 libraries. The sample included all public libraries serving 100,000 or more (461) and a sample of 1,039 from libraries serving 5,000 or more and less than 100,000. To be eligible for the sample, a library had to meet the following criteria: serve 5,000 or more, at least one MLS librarian, at least two paid full-time staff, open at least 40 hours per week, and operating expenditures of at least $100,000 per year. When the four additional criteria were applied, a total of 2,384 libraries remained in this population grouping. The sub-universe of 2,384 was sorted in ascending order by size of population served. Using a random start, a systematic sampling of every second case was taken. With a yield of 1,192, every eighth case was systematically deleted (starting with a randomly chosen number between one and eight) to reach the resulting sample of 1,039 libraries. The total sample of 1,500 libraries is a proportionately stratified sample in the 5,000 to 99,999 population category and a census in the over 100,000 population category.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional

Mode of Data Collection:    mail questionnaire

Description of Variables:    Data were collected on the types of adult cultural programming offered at each library, program attendance and funding, collaboration with other organizations on cultural programs, the cultural role of the library, and the relative availability of cultural programming in the community served by the library.

Response Rates:    Of the 1,500 public libraries serving populations of 5,000 people or more, 1,229 completed surveys were returned, for a response rate of 81.9 percent.

Restrictions: Users of the data must agree to the Terms of Use presented on the NADAC Website and available through the link in each codebook.

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Original ICPSR Release:   2015-05-27

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