NYS Library Technology Availiablity / Needs Survey
NYLA conducted an informal and non-scientific survey of public libraries to collect data on availably technology and infrastrucure needs.
156 Libraries responded. (of 756 public libraries in NYS = 20.6%)
Participating libraries by system:
Q1. How many computer workstations do you have available to the public?
Q2. How long is the average wait for a public computer?
Q3. How many additional workstations do you estimate would be required to accommodate the needs of your patrons without waiting?
Q4. If you were to install new workstations to meet patron demand, do you have adequate space in your library to accommodate them?
Q5. Does your library have adequate printer, copier and scanner capability?
Q6. Does your library have access to a broadband internet connection?
Q7. What is the average age of your computer workstations?
Q8. When is the last year you purchased new computers?
Q9. How many of your workstations are over five years old?
Q10. Please estimate what percentage of your annual budget is spent on technology? (Including hardware and software, both public and staff use; excluding databases and circulating materials such as e-books)
Q11. Please estimate what percentage of your annual budget is spent on telecommunication expenses? (telephone and internet connections)
Q12. Does your library have a dedicated English as a Second Language workstation?
Q13. Does your library have adaptive technology to accommodate patrons with disabilities?
Q14. Does your library offer digital literacy training programs for patrons?
Q15. Does your library have access to tutorial software for basic programs such those contained in the Microsoft Office suite?
Q16. If yes, can the software accommodate English as a Second Language and special needs patrons?
Q21. Does your library lend devices (tablets, eReaders, laptops, etc.) for use within the library or for circulation?