The Library Map of the World 2017 Survey aims to gather the most recent existing data that are already collected or aggregated at the national level in your country. It is not expected that you collect new data especially for the Library Map of the World.
The Survey language is English. You will mainly have to submit numeric data; however, it is expected that you provide explanations and/or clarifications about the submitted data in open ended questions of the Survey in English. These translated versions of Survey Definitions and Questionnaires may be helpful for you to get acquainted with what is asked by the Survey and to support you during the data gathering.
Questionnaire: English | Русский | Español
Definitions: English | Русский | Español
Get answers to frequently asked questions about the Library Map of the World 2017 Survey in the FAQ section.
The Library Map of the World 2017 Survey is looking for data from all types of libraries, including national, academic, public, community, school and other libraries. You may not have all the data; therefore, it is expected that you find out who might hold the relevant data in your country both in terms of library type as well as library performance metrics covered in the 2017 Survey.
Situations vary from country to country. Here are some ideas of other institutions that you may want to contact during data gathering phase:
National or regional statistical offices
Government entities responsible for data collection from libraries (e.g. ministries)
NGOs (e.g. ones that work in the field of public access to internet and information)
Universities and/or research institutes
The timeline of the Library Map of the World 2017 Survey gives you approximately 2 months to liaise with other institutions to gather data that is available in your country. If you want your country to be mapped on the Library Map of the World at its official launch at IFLA WLIC 2017 in Wrocław, Poland in August 2017., you must provide your data by 31 May 2017.
You shouldn’t be worried in case you are unable to deliver a complete dataset covering all types of libraries and all metrics. It is possible to supply partial data that you have both in terms of library types and metrics. It is also expected that you provide your data even if it deviates from provided definitions. It is expected that you take the Survey even if you don’t have any existing data. The Survey questionnaire provides a space for you to include any explanations to help clarify the nature of the provided data or the state of data collection in your country.
Don’t collect new data but collate existing data collected in your country. Gather what is possible for you in 2 months with the resources you have. You will be able to submit additional (missing) data at the later time this year as well as update it following years.
Once you have gathered existing data from your data sources and partners, you can choose to complete the questionnaire either electronically or in paper form.
If you want to submit the completed questionnaire in paper, please return it before 31 May 2017 to:
P.O. Box 95312
2509 CH The Hague, Netherlands
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Fax: +31 70 3834827
We encourage you to and if you choose to complete the questionnaire electronically, please fill in the questionnaire before 31 May 2017. To access the questionnaire please use the link to the Online Survey received by email.
Keep In Touch
In case you have any questions during the process of data gathering or need any clarification related to the Library Map of the World in general or 2017 Survey, there is a resource person at IFLA Headquarters. Kristine Paberza, Member Engagement Officer at IFLA, is at your assistance to help you with any questions and/or issues relating to data you are about to provide. Please do not hesitate to reach out at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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