Maryland

Printable State and National Issue Briefs

 

Printable State and National Issue Briefs

2013-2014 State Brief Trifold

Public Access Technology and Infrastructure State
2013-2014
National
2013-2014
Broadband
Mean Download speed: 191 Mbps 57.4 Mbps
Minimum Download Speed: 8 Mbps 0.1 Mbps
Maximum Download Speed: 2048 Mbps 3000 Mbps
WiFi Availability: 100.0% 97.5%
Libraries that would like to increase bandwidth: 86.2% 66.1%
Mean number of public access computers/laptops: 25.5 19.8
Patrons experience wait time for public access computers: 25.9% 35.9%
Technology Services for Patron Use
Databases: 100.0% 100.0%
E-books: 96.6% 89.5%
Online homework assistance (e.g., tutor.com): 100.0% 96.5%
Online job/employment resources (e.g., Brainfuse, JobNow): 100.0% 95.6%
Mobile apps to access library services and resources: 75.9% 42.6%
Digital Literacy/Public Access Technology Training State
2013-2014
National
2013-2014
Formal Training: 100.0% 98.0%
General computer skills: 89.7% 91.4%
General familiarity with new technologies (e.g., using e-readers, tablets): 60.3% 67.5%
Social media (e.g., blogging, Twitter, FaceBook, YouTube): 37.9% 58.5%
Library Programs, Information Sessions, & Events State
2013-2014
National
2013-2014
Education Programs: 100.0% 99.5%
Basic literacy: 15.5% 33.2%
GED or equivalent education: 8.6% 26.5%
Summer reading: 100.0% 97.5%
Economy and Workforce Development Programs: 98.3% 99.6%
Applying for job: 75.4% 73.5%
Entrepreneurship and small business development: 64.9% 47.3%
Accessing and using online business information resources: 54.4% 56.1%
Civic Engagement Programs: 98.3% 74.1%
Hosting community engagement events (e.g., candidate forums, community conversations): 54.4% 45.6%
Hosting creation events (e.g, maker spaces): 54.4% 21.4%
Completing government forms on-line: 96.5% 98.6%