2013 Digital Inclusion Survey Public Release Data File

Monday, September 21st 2015

The Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) and the American Library Association (ALA) are pleased to release the 2013 Digital Inclusion survey data as a public release data file. Accompanying the data file is a codebook that describes the data elements, aspects of the data file, background on survey design (i.e., branching of questions), and the 2013 survey.

As noted in the data documentation, the data are self-reported by participating libraries. The study team engaged in a range of data verification techniques to the extent possible (for example, contacting libraries or State Data Coordinators in State Library Agencies) when questions about certain reported data arose, but the survey collects data: 1) Not captured in other national surveys with public release data files, and 2) At the branch/outlet level, an approach that no other public release national data collection adopts. Disaggregated data makes such tools as our interactive mapping tool possible.  

Libraries are a key community hub for digital inclusion - one that is critical to enbabling digital readiness and ensuring digital equity across the communities that public libraries serve. The Digital Inclusion Survey documents the extent to which libraries have met the challenges posed by digital technology. The study builds on the work conducted by IMLS, ICMA, and the University of Washington in developing a Digital Inclusion Framework, and serves as a complement to the IMLS Public Library Survey that collects data (e.g., bugdget, FTE) about public libraries annually.

Digital inclusion has three broad facets:

  • Access: Availability, affordability, design for inclusion, and public access.
  • Adoption: Relevance, digital literacy, and consumer safety.
  • Application: Economic and workforce development, education, health care, public safety and emergency services, civic engagement, and social connections.

The Digital Inclusion Survey collects data in all three of these areas from public library branches/outlets through a national sample, and the data from the 2013 survey are being released today in CSV and Excel formats.

We encourage those who download the data file to read our limitations statements contained in the documentation file.

The data are released under the Creative Commons Attribution CC BY license.