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Data Collection

Available now: The IMLS Data Catalog!

Our new Data Catalog puts IMLS data—comprising agency data such as grants administration
and data about museums, libraries, and related organizations—at the fingertips of researchers,
developers, and interested members of the public who want to dig deeper. Read more.

Public Library Survey (PLS)Public Libraries Survey (PLS)

The Public Libraries Survey (PLS) provides national descriptive data on the status of public
libraries in the United States & its territories. Data are collected from over 9,000 public library
systems with over 17,000 public library outlets. Read more.


State Library Agency Survey (SLAA)State Library Administrative Agency Survey (SLAA)

The State Library Administrative Agency Survey (SLAA) provides descriptive data about state
library agencies for all fifty states and the District of Columbia. Read more.


Public Needs for Library and Museum Services Survey (PNLMS)Public Needs for Library and Museum Services Survey (PNLMS)

The Public Needs for Library and Museum Services Survey (PNLMS) is a household survey
designed to monitor the expectations of and satisfaction with library and museum services.
The purpose of this collection is to determine attitudes, to assess awareness of issues related
to library and museum services, and to track trends in visitation and usage. Read more.


Museum CountMuseums Count

Museums Count is a national web based census of all museums in the United States and its
territories. The purpose of Museums Count is to establish comprehensive, reliable data about
the size, distribution and scope of the museum sector in the United States. Read more.


Museum Universe Data File (MUDF)Museum Universe Data File (MUDF)

The Museum Universe Data File (MUDF) is an active list of known museums in the United States
that is maintained by IMLS’s Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation. Included in this file are
the basic institutional identifying information of over 35,000 museums in the 50 States and the
District of Columbia including aquariums, arboretums, botanical gardens, art museums, children’s
museums, general museums, historic houses and sites, history museums, nature centers, natural
history and anthropology museums, planetariums, science and technology centers, specialized
museums, and zoological parks. Data for this listing is collected and aggregated from a variety of
sources including IMLS administrative data and records, Internal Review Service (IRS) non-profit
data (e.g. 990, 990-EZ, 990-N), grantee lists from private foundations and data obtained from third
party commercial vendors. Read more.

Administrative Discretionary Grant DataAdministrative Discretionary Grant Data

Administrative Discretionary Grant Data file contains administrative records of discretionary grant
recipients who were awarded funds by the Institute of Museum and Library Services from fiscal year
1996 through fiscal year 2013. Read more



Program Evaluation

Supporting Museums – Serving Communities:
An Evaluation of the Museums for America Program

Museums for America (MFA) is the largest IMLS grant program for museums. In 2009 and 2010,
RMC Research Corporation, carried out an independent evaluation of the program and found that it
has had an immediate and sustained impact on museum users. Read more

Grants to State Library Administrative Agencies Program
Five-Year Evaluation

Section 9134 (c) of IMLS’ authorizing legislation directs SLAAs to "independently evaluate, and report
to the (IMLS) Director regarding, the activities assisted under this subchapter, prior to the end of the
5-year plan."  Read more

Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Evaluation

ICF International completed an independent evaluation of the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant
program in July 2013 using comparative case studies from 109 grant projects funded during the
program’s first six years of operation in 2003-2009.  Read more.




Evaluation Resources

IMLS is committed to helping libraries and museums provide evidence-based knowledge of the value of
innovative museum and library services. IMLS is also committed to strengthening standards that can be
widely used to support library and museum success at the program, organizational, and community levels.
Resources listed below provide program planning tools, evaluation definitions, and methodologies and case
examples of sound evaluation practices—some are familiar, while others have not been widely used by
museums and libraries in the past. All will help us communicate the public value of IMLS's grants and grantees.

Read more about our Outcome Based Evaluations.

Questions regarding the resources listed below can be directed to Matt Birnbaum
at mbirnbaum@... (link sends e-mail)or 202-653-4760.

General Guides for Program Evaluation and Outcome Monitoring

Project Planning Tools for Museum and Library Services

Common Evaluation Methods and Terms

(From the Harvard Family Research Project (link is external))

  • Experimental Design: Experimental designs all share one distinctive element: random assignment
    to treatment and control groups. Experimental design is the strongest design choice when interested
    in establishing a cause-effect relationship. Experimental designs for evaluation prioritize the impartiality,
    accuracy, objectivity, and validity of the information generated. These studies look to make causal and
    generalizable statements about a population or impact on a population by a program or initiative.
  • Non-Experimental Design: Non-experimental studies use purposeful sampling techniques to get
    information rich cases. Non-experimental evaluation designs include: case studies, data collection and
    reporting for accountability, participatory approaches, theory based/grounded theory approaches,
    ethnographic approaches, and mixed method studies.
  • Quasi-Experimental Design: Most quasi-experimental designs are similar to experimental designs except
    that the subjects are not randomly assigned to either the experimental or the control group, or the researcher
    cannot control which group will get the treatment. Like the experimental designs, quasi-experimental designs
    for evaluation prioritize the impartiality, accuracy, objectivity, and validity of the information generated.
  • Document Review: This is a review and analysis of existing program records and other information collected by
    the program. The information analyzed in a document review was not gathered for the purpose of the evaluation.
    Sources of information for document review include information on staff, budgets, rules and regulations, activities,
    schedules, attendance, meetings, recruitment, and annual reports.
  • Interviews/Focus Groups: Interviews and focus groups are conducted with evaluation and program/initiative
    stakeholders. These include, but are not limited to, staff, administrators, participants and their parents or families,
    funders, and community members. Interviews and focus groups can be conducted in person or over the phone.
    Questions posed in interviews and focus groups are generally open-ended and responses are documented in full,
    through detailed note-taking or transcription. The purpose of interviews and focus groups is to gather detailed
    descriptions, from a purposeful sample of stakeholders, of the program processes and the stakeholders' opinions
    of those processes.
  • Observation: Observation is an unobtrusive method for gathering information about how the program/initiative operates.
    Observations can be highly structured, with protocols for recording specific behaviors at specific times, or unstructured,
    taking a more casual, "look-and-see" approach to understanding the day-to-day operation of the program. Data from
    observations are used to supplement interviews and surveys in order to complete the description of the program/initiative
    and to verify information gathered through other methods.
  • Secondary Source/Data Review: These sources include data collected for other similar studies for comparison, large
    data sets such as the Longitudinal Study of American Youth, achievement data, court records, standardized test scores,
    and demographic data and trends. Like the information analyzed in a document review, these data were not gathered
    with the purposes of the evaluation in mind; they are pre-existing data that inform the evaluation.
  • Surveys/Questionnaires: Surveys and questionnaires are also conducted with evaluation and program/initiative
    stakeholders. These are usually administered on paper, through the mail, in a highly structured interview process in
    which respondents are asked to choose answers from those predetermined on the survey, or more recently, through
    email and on the Web. The purpose of surveys/questionnaires is to gather specific information—often regarding opinions
    or levels of satisfaction, in addition to demographic information—from a large, representative sample.
  • Tests/Assessments: These data sources include standardized test scores, psychometric tests, and other assessments
    of the program and its participants. These data are collected with the purposes of the evaluation in mind. For example,
    the administration of achievement tests at certain intervals to gauge progress toward expected individual outcomes
    documented in the evaluation.

Measuring Outcomes in Museum and Libraries: A Partial Bibliography

  • Diamond, Judy. 1999. Practical Evaluation Guide: Tools for Museums and Other Informal Educational Settings.
    Walnut Creek, CA: Alta Mira Press.
  • Falk, J.H., and L.D. Dierking. 2000. Learning from Museums. Walnut Creek, California: AltaMira Press.
  • Falk, J.H., and L.D. Dierking. 2002. Lessons without Limit: How Free-Choice Learning is Transforming Education.
    Walnut Creek, California: AltaMira Press.
  • Falk, J.H., and L.D. Dierking (eds.). 1995. Public Institutions for Personal Learning: Establishing a Research Agenda.
    Washington, D.C.: American Association of Museums.
  • Hernon, Peter, and Robert E. Dugan. 2002. Action Plan for Outcomes Assessment in Your Library. Chicago, IL:
    American Library Association.
  • Korn, Randi, and Laurie Sowd. 1999. Visitor Surveys: A User's Manual, Professional Practice Series, Nichols,
    Susan K. (Compiler); Roxana Adams (Series Editor), Washington, DC: American Association of Museums.
  • Korn, Randi, and Minda Borun (1999), Introduction to Museum Evaluation, American Association of Museums,
    Washington, DC.
  • Matthews, Joseph R. 2004. Measuring for Results: The Dimensions of Public Library Effectiveness. Westport, CT:
    Libraries Unlimited.
  • Rubin, Rhea. 2005. Demonstrating Results: Using Outcome Measurement in Your Library. Chicago, IL: ALA.

Networks and Associations that Provide Evaluation Resources



Research Guidance

Standards and Guidelines for Federally Sponsored Research:

Preparing for a Collection

Confidentiality and Data Access Issues Among Federal Agencies (link is external)

Guidelines for Ensuring and Maximizing the Quality, Objectivity, Utility, and Integrity of Information
Disseminated by Federal Agencies, OMB (link is external)

Paper Work Reduction Act Process - Frequently Asked Questions

Protecting Human Subjects On-Line Training (link is external)

Statistical Power Analysis in Education Research (link is external)

Data Analysis

Standards for the Classification of Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity (link is external)

Standards for Delineating Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas (link is external)

Standards and Guidelines for Statistical Surveys (link is external)

Public Release of Research Data

Checklist on Data Disclosure (link is external)

Statistical Disclosure Limitation Methodology (link is external)




Database Search Results for Statistics and Demographics FROM IMLS



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Google Blog Search


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Google Books


Content Sample


Geoscience Data and Collections:

National Resources in Peril


Committee on Earth Resources,

Committee on the Preservation

of Geoscience Data and Collections,

National Research Council,

Division on Earth and Life Studies,

Board on Earth Sciences and Resources

Publisher   National Academies Press, 2002

ISBN 0309383897, 9780309383899

Length       128 pages




Adult Programs in the Library

Second Edition

Author       Brett W. Lear

Edition       illustrated, reprint, revised

Publisher   American Library Association, 2013

ISBN 0838911404, 9780838911402

Length       280 pages




Assessing Service Quality:

Satisfying the Expectations of Library Customers

Authors      Peter Hernon, Ellen Altman

Edition       revised

Publisher   American Library Association, 2010

ISBN 0838910211, 9780838910214

Length       206 pages




The Whole Library Handbook 5:

Current Data, Professional Advice, and Curiosa

Whole Library Handbook

Whole Library Handbook:

Current Data, Professional Advice, and Curios

Editor         George M. Eberhart

Edition       reprint, revised

Publisher   American Library Association, 2013

ISBN 0838910904, 9780838910900

Length       536 pages




Neural Networks in Chemical Reaction Dynamics

Author       Lionel Raff

Edition       illustrated

Publisher   Oxford University Press, USA, 2012

ISBN 0199765650, 9780199765652

Length       283 pages




The American Public Library Handbook

Author       Guy A. Marco

Publisher   ABC-CLIO, 2011

ISBN 1591589118, 9781591589112

Length       533 pages




Research Regulatory Compliance

Editors       Mark A. Suckow, Bill Yates

Publisher   Academic Press, 2015

ISBN 0124200656, 9780124200654

Length       344 pages




Guide to Reference:

Essential General Reference and Library Science Sources

Editors       Jo Bell Whitlatch, Susan E. Searing

Edition       abridged, reprint

Publisher   American Library Association, 2014

ISBN 083891232X, 9780838912324

Length       248 pages




Preparing the Workforce for Digital Curation


Committee on Future Career Opportunities

and Educational Requirements for Digital Curation,

Board on Research Data and Information,

olicy and Global Affairs,

National Research Council

Publisher   National Academies Press, 2015

ISBN 0309296978, 9780309296977

Length       104 pages




Developing Library Collections for Today's Young Adults

Author       Amy S. Pattee

Publisher   Scarecrow Press, 2013

ISBN 0810887355, 9780810887350

Length       282 pages




Basic Research Methods for Librarians

Library and information science text series,

ISSN 0024-2179

Authors      Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ronald R. Powell

Edition       illustrated, revised

Publisher   ABC-CLIO, 2010

ISBN 1591588634, 9781591588634

Length       370 pages




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Content Sample


International Data curation Education Action (IDEA)

Working Group

A Report from the Second Workshop of the IDEA

Author: Hank, Carolyn

Journal: D-Lib magazine

ISSN: 1082-9873

Date: 03/2009

Volume: 15 Issue: 3/4

DOI: 10.1045/march2009-hank




Renear, A. H., Dolan, M., Trainor, K., and Muñoz, T.


Extending an LIS data curation curriculum to the humanities:

Selected activities and observations.

2010 iConference, 18, 521.




Interpolating moving least-squares methods

for fitting potential energy surfaces:

A strategy for efficient automatic data point

placement in high dimensions

Author: Dawes, Richard

Journal: The Journal of chemical physics

ISSN: 0021-9606

Date: 2008

Volume: 128 Issue: 8 Page: 084107

DOI: 10.1063/1.2831790




Shedding Light on the Dark Data in the Long Tail of Science

Author: P. Bryan Heidorn, PB

Journal: Library trends

ISSN: 0024-2594

Date: 2008

Volume: 57 Issue: 2 Page: 280-299

DOI: 10.1353/lib.0.0036




Is data curation education

at library and information science schools

in North America adequate?

Author: Harris‐Pierce, Rebecca L.

Journal: New library world

ISSN: 0307-4803

Date: 11/2012

Volume: 113 Issue: 11/12 Page: 598-613

DOI: 10.1108/03074801211282957




Interpolating moving least-squares methods

for fitting potential energy surfaces:

Computing high-density potential energy surface data

from low-density ab initio data points

Author: Dawes, Richard

Journal: The Journal of chemical physics

ISSN: 0021-9606

Date: 2007

Volume: 126 Issue: 18 Page: 184108

DOI: 10.1063/1.2730798




Mass defect tags for biomolecular mass spectrometry

Author: Hall, Michael P.

Journal: Journal of mass spectrometry.

ISSN: 1076-5174

Date: 08/2003

Volume: 38 Issue: 8 Page: 809-816

DOI: 10.1002/jms.493




Wasito, I., and Mirkin, B.


Nearest neighbour approach

in the least-squares data imputation algorithms.

Information Sciences, 169(1), 1-25.




Interpolating moving least-squares methods

for fitting potential energy surfaces:

Using classical trajectories to explore configuration space

Author: Dawes, Richard

Journal: The Journal of chemical physics

ISSN: 0021-9606

Date: 2009

Volume: 130 Issue: 14 Page: 144107

DOI: 10.1063/1.3111261




Fairfax, R., and Linch, K.


OSHA Compliance Issues: Crystalline Silica Dust Exposure:

Compliance in the Construction Industry.

Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene,

12(9), 577-580.




Keralis, S. D.


Data curation education: A snapshot.

L. Jahnke, A. Asher, and SDC Keralis.

The problem of data, 32-43.




Henderson, E., Miller, K. A., Craig, T., Dorinski, S.,

Freeman, M., Isaac, N., ... and Schilling, P.


Public Libraries Survey: Fiscal Year 2008.

Institute of Museum and Library Services.




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