Notice of Proposed Information Request: Public Libraries Survey, FY 2020-FY 2022

Cited as:85 FR 41246
Court:Institute Of Museum And Library Services, National Foundation On The Arts And The Humanities
Publication Date:09 Jul 2020
Record Number:2020-14793
Federal Register, Volume 85 Issue 132 (Thursday, July 9, 2020)
[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 132 (Thursday, July 9, 2020)]
                [Page 41246]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
                [FR Doc No: 2020-14793]
                Institute of Museum and Library Services
                Notice of Proposed Information Request: Public Libraries Survey,
                FY 2020-FY 2022
                AGENCY: Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Foundation
                on the Arts and the Humanities.
                ACTION: Submission for OMB Review, comment request.
                SUMMARY: The Institute of Museum and Library Services announces the
                following information collection has been submitted to the Office of
                Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with
                the Paperwork Reduction Act. This program helps to ensure that
                requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden
                (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are
                clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on
                respondents can be properly assessed. By this notice, IMLS is
                soliciting comments concerning the new three year approval of the IMLS
                administered Public Library Survey. A copy of the proposed information
                collection request can be obtained by contacting the individual listed
                below in the ADDRESSES section of this notice.
                DATES: Comments must be submitted to the office listed in the FOR
                FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section below on or before August 7, 2020.
                ADDRESSES: Comments should be sent to Office of Information and
                Regulatory Affairs, Attn.: OMB Desk Officer for Education, Office of
                Management and Budget, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, (202) 395-
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Connie Bodner, Director of Grants
                Policy and Management, Institute of Museum and Library Services, 955
                L'Enfant Plaza North SW, Suite 4000, Washington, DC 20024-2135. Dr.
                Bodner can be reached by Telephone: 202-653-4636, or by email at
                [email protected], or by teletype (TTY/TDD) for persons with hearing
                difficulty at 202-653-4614.
                I. Background
                 The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source
                of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. We advance,
                support, and empower America's museums, libraries, and related
                organizations through grant making, research, and policy development.
                Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to
                work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To
                learn more, visit
                II. Current Actions
                 Pursuant to Public Law 107-279, this Public Libraries Survey
                collects annual descriptive data on the universe of public libraries in
                the United States and the Outlying Areas. Information such as public
                service hours per year, circulation of library books, number of
                librarians, population of legal service area, expenditures for library
                collection, programs for children and young adults, staff salary data,
                and access to technology, etc., would be collected. The request
                includes new public library data regarding COVID-19. The Public
                Libraries Survey has been conducted by the Institute of Museum and
                Library Services under the clearance number 3137-0074, which expires
                November 30, 2022. This action is to request a new three-year approval.
                 IMLS is particularly interested in comments that help the agency
                 Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is
                necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency,
                including whether the information will have practical utility;
                 Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the
                burden of the proposed collection of information, including the
                validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
                 Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the
                information to be collected; and
                 Minimize the burden of the collection of information on
                those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated,
                electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or
                other forms of information technology (e.g., permitting electronic
                submission of responses).
                 Agency: Institute of Museum and Library Services.
                 Title: Public Libraries Survey, FY 2020-FY 2022.
                 Agency OMB Number: 3137-0074.
                 Affected Public: State and local governments, State library
                administrative agencies, and public libraries.
                 Number of Respondents: 56.
                 Frequency: Annually.
                 Burden Hours per Respondent: 96.71.
                 Total burden hours: 5,415.76.
                 Total Annualized capital/startup costs: n/a.
                 Total Annual Costs: $153,753.43.
                 Total Annual Federal Costs: $805,499.35
                 Dated: July 6, 2020.
                Kim Miller,
                Senior Grants Management Specialist, Institute of Museum and Library
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