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Highlights of the 2007/2008 Annual Report: Technology

Technology Services

New Mexico Public Libraries continue to provide and expand technology based services to their communities.

Connectivity   New Mexico US
Libraries are only free source of access to computers & the Internet in their communities   62.1% 72.5%
Always sufficient computers available   21.7% 17.3%
Factors limiting library adding computers Space 85.2% 77.7%
  Cost 60.9% 75.9%
Always adequate connection speed   47.8% 42.0%
Public wireless access   69.2% 65.9%
Average number of computers   15.0 12.0

 

Public Access Computers

  • All New Mexico Public Libraries have at least 1 public access computer
  • Since 2005, the number of PACs have increased by 18%
  • Usage has increased 23% since 2005
  • Internet Services provided by public libraries include:
    • Services for job seekers
    • Computer and Internet skills training
    • Education resources and databases
    • Homework resources
    • Full-text magazines
    • Audio and electronic books

 

Public Access Computers 2005- 2008
Public Access Computer Users 2005 - 2008

 Web Presence

  • 39% of libraries have library catalogs accessible via the Internet
  • 61% of libraries have web pages

 

 

More highlights on NM Public Libraries

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Sources:

  • ALA Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study 2007-2008
  • 2007-2008 New Mexico Public Libraries Annual Report