Virginia

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: 50.2 Mbps 57.4 Mbps
Minimum Download Speed: 0.8 Mbps 0.1 Mbps
Maximum Download Speed: 1024 Mbps 3000 Mbps
WiFi Availability: 97.3% 97.5%
Libraries that would like to increase bandwidth: 75.6% 66.1%
Mean number of public access computers/laptops: 21.3 19.8
Patrons experience wait time for public access computers: 51.2% 35.9%
Technology Services for Patron Use
Databases: 100.0% 100.0%
E-books: 99.0% 89.5%
Online homework assistance (e.g., tutor.com): 96.6% 96.5%
Online job/employment resources (e.g., Brainfuse, JobNow): 92.5% 95.6%
Mobile apps to access library services and resources: 64.4% 42.6%
Digital Literacy/Public Access Technology Training State
2013-2014
National
2013-2014
Formal Training: 96.1% 98.0%
General computer skills: 87.8% 91.4%
General familiarity with new technologies (e.g., using e-readers, tablets): 55.0% 67.5%
Social media (e.g., blogging, Twitter, FaceBook, YouTube): 26.7% 58.5%
Library Programs, Information Sessions, & Events State
2013-2014
National
2013-2014
Education Programs: 100.0% 99.5%
Basic literacy: 33.3% 33.2%
GED or equivalent education: 40.0% 26.5%
Summer reading: 97.1% 97.5%
Economy and Workforce Development Programs: 95.7% 99.6%
Applying for job: 81.6% 73.5%
Entrepreneurship and small business development: 51.7% 47.3%
Accessing and using online business information resources: 58.3% 56.1%
Civic Engagement Programs: 83.4% 74.1%
Hosting community engagement events (e.g., candidate forums, community conversations): 41.3% 45.6%
Hosting creation events (e.g, maker spaces): 19.3% 21.4%
Completing government forms on-line: 100.0% 98.6%