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salaries reported on line 17.
Include cost recovery positions and staff hired for special projects and grants, but provide an explanatory footnote
indicating the number of such staff. If such staff cannot be included, provide a footnote. To compute full-time equivalents
of part-time employees and student assistants, take the total number of hours per week (or year) worked by part-time
employees in each category and divide it by the number of hours considered by the reporting library to be a full-time
work week (or year). Round figures to the nearest whole numbers.
Question 26a. Professional Staff. Since the criteria for determining professional status vary among libraries, there is
no attempt to define the term “professional.” Each library should report those staff members it considers professional,
including, when appropriate, staff who are not librarians in the strict sense of the term, for example computer experts,
systems analysts, or budget officers.
Question 26b. Support Staff. Report the total FTE (see instruction 26) of staff not included in 26a.
Question 26c. Student Assistants. Report the total FTE (see instruction Q26) of student assistants employed on an
hourly basis whose wages are paid from funds under library control or from a budget other than the library’s, including
federal work-study programs. Exclude maintenance and custodial staff.
Question 27. Number of staffed library service points. Count the number of staffed public service points in the main
library and in all branch libraries reported in this inventory, including reference desks, information desks, circulation,
current periodicals, reserve rooms, reprographic services (if staffed as a public facility), etc. Report the number of
designated locations, not the number of staff.
Question 28. Number of weekly public service hours. Report an unduplicated count of the total public service hours
per typical full-service week (i.e., no holidays or other special accommodations) across both main library and branches
using the following method (corresponds to IPEDS): If a library is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through
Friday, it should report 40 hours per week. If several of its branches are also open during these hours, the figure remains
40 hours per week. Should Branch A also be open one evening from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the total hours during which
users can find service somewhere within the system becomes 42 hours per week. If Branch B is open the same hours on
the same evening, the count is still 42, but if Branch B is open two hours on another evening, or remains open two hours
later, the total is then 44 hours per week. Exclude 24-hour unstaffed reserve or similar reading rooms. The maximum
total is 168 (i.e., a staffed reading room open 7 days per week, 24 hours per day).
Questions 29–30. Instruction. Sampling based on a typical week may be used to extrapolate TO A FULL YEAR for
Questions 29 and 30. Please indicate if responses are based on sampling.
Question 29. Presentations to Groups. Report the total number of sessions during the year of presentations made as part
of formal bibliographic instruction programs and through other planned class presentations, orientation sessions, and
tours. If the library sponsors multi-session or credit courses that meet several times over the course of a semester, each
session should be counted. Presentations to groups may be for either bibliographic instruction, cultural, recreational, or
educational purposes. Presentations both on and off the premises should be included as long as they are sponsored by
the library. Do not include meetings sponsored by other groups using library meeting rooms. Do not include training
for library staff; the purpose of this question is to capture information about the services the library provides for its
clientele. Please indicate if the figure is based on sampling.
Question 30. Participants in Group Presentations. Report the total number of participants in the presentations reported
on line 29. For multi-session classes with a constant enrollment, count each person only once. Personal, one-to-one
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