Happy New Year!
It is time once again to submit your Public Library Annual Report. The Public Library Annual Report provides statistics on the status of public libraries in Maine and is part of a larger Public Library Survey (PLS) that is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Data is collected from 256 public libraries in Maine and 9,000 public libraries nationally with the mission to collect and publish accurate, consistent and comparable public library statistics on an annual basis from each state. The data is intended for use on the local, state and federal levels.
Assistance: For questions or help filling out and submitting the Public Library Annual Report
Jenny Melvin, State Data Coordinator
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Email: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Submission Period - January 3, 2022 through April 1, 2022
Each library was mailed a letter in mid-December which contains all the information you need to get started. All usernames and passwords remain the same. If you can't find your login credentials, you can request it on the LibPAS login screen or contact me at [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Deadline - The deadline to complete and submit your FY21 Public Library Annual Report is April 1, 2022.
Helpful Links -
Online Annual Report Portal: LibPAS (Library Performance Assessment System) https://me.countingopinions.com/
Maine Public Library Annual Report Information: https://www.maine.gov/msl/libs/statistics/annual/index.shtml
FY21 Annual Report Definitions and Instructions https://www.maine.gov/msl/libs/statistics/annual/documents/2021AnnualReportDataDefinitions.pdf
FY21 Working Copy https://www.maine.gov/msl/libs/statistics/annual/documents/AnnualReportCloudLibraryInstructions.pdf
CloudLibrary Statistics: https://www.maine.gov/msl/libs/statistics/annual/documents/AnnualReportCloudLibraryInstructions.pdf
Electronic Materials Guide: https://www.maine.gov/msl/libs/statistics/annual/documents/CountingElectronicMaterialsGuide_000.pdf
MILS, Minerva and Ursus Circulation Statistics: https://www.maineinfonet.org/supportportal/statistics/
LibraryWorld Statistics: https://www.maine.gov/msl/libs/statistics/annual/LibraryWorldStatisticsfortheAnnualReport.docx
Evergreen Statistics for Maine Balsam Libraries: https://www.mainebalsamlibraries.org/state-report-instructions-circulation-folder/
Data Input Instructions for LibPAS: http://www.screencast.com/t/0pRvnMU9h (15 minute video)
Communication-As usual, reminder emails will be posted on MeLibs and MeInfo listservs around the end of January and February, in mid-March, and one week before the April 1st deadline.
As a reminder, it is the sole responsibility of each library to ensure that the annual report has been accurately and completely submitted by the April 1st deadline. This also applies to any follow-up information that is requested after the report is submitted. Visit http://www.maine.gov/msl/about/commission/rule.htm<https://nam03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.maine.gov%2Fmsl%2Fabout%2Fcommission%2Frule.htm&data=02%7C01%7CJenny.J.Melvin%40maine.gov%7C53294461c35d48623f5608d79129b28d%7C413fa8ab207d4b629bcdea1a8f2f864e%7C0%7C0%7C637137481530515525&sdata=DJNXAXCaFdONBD6IwGiAMNmYiQI5E8fwGzkxb2oFR2w%3D&reserved=0> for information on the MLC Rules Regarding Responsibilities of Public Libraries.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or need help interpreting, reporting or submitting your data. I am more than happy to assist you in any way I can.
The Maine State Library sincerely appreciate the work and dedication it takes to collect and report accurate data.
Many thanks for all you do!
Jenny Melvin . State Data Coordinator
Maine State Library . 64 State House Station . Augusta, Maine . 207-650-0190
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