Community Scan
Questions adapted from Workform G of: Planning for results; a public library transformation process.  ALA, 1998.

Library: ________________________________________________________________

1. What is the population of your community?    (2000 census)   _____________

    What was the population of your community in 1990?  _________

       What is the projected population for your community?  ________  2010     _______  2020

2. Of the people living in your community, what percent are:

                                                  1990 Census            2000 Census            
    Under 5 years old
    between 5 and 14 years
    between 15 and 19
    between 20 and 34
    between 35 and 54 
    between 55 and 74
    between 75 and 84
    age 85 and older

3. How many single-parent households are there?

    1990 ___________   2000___________ 

What languages are spoken in the homes of the people in your community?
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    How many people "do not speak English very well"?      ___________________
 

5.  What ethnic groups are represented in your community?

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6. How many non-institutionalized people in your community have a:

    mobility limitation?     _________         self-care limitation?   _____________
 

7.  What are your community's 3 largest employers?  What do they do?  How many people do they employ?  How is it likely to be different in 5 years?

1st largest ____________________________________________ Employs:  ____________

Make/ Do __________________________________________________________

In 5 years __________________________________________________________

2nd largest: ____________________________________________ Employs:  ____________

Make/Do  __________________________________________________________

In 5 years ___________________________________________________________

3rd largest: _____________________________________________ Employs:  ____________

Make/Do ____________________________________________________________

In 5 years ____________________________________________________________

What are the major industries in your community?  What do they do?  How many people do they employ?  How is  this likely to be different in 5 years?
 

1st largest ____________________________________________ Employs:  ____________

Make/ Do __________________________________________________________

In 5 years __________________________________________________________

2nd largest: ____________________________________________ Employs:  ____________

Make/Do  __________________________________________________________

In 5 years ___________________________________________________________

3rd largest: _____________________________________________ Employs:  ____________

Make/Do ____________________________________________________________

In 5 years ____________________________________________________________

8.  Are there any other significant employers in your area?  What do they do?  How are they likely to be different in 5 years?

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9.  What percentage of your community is unemployed?         _____________ %

10. What is the median family income in your community?     $  _____________

11. What percent of the families in your community are below the poverty line?    ______________ %

12.  Are there many home-based businesses in your community?  What do they do?

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Source:  _______________________________________________________

13. Does your community's population change widely during different seasons?

Which seasons?  ______________________________________________

  + - How many people___________________

Source: _________________________________________________________
 

14.  Where do people in your community get their information?  How many are there of each of the following? Which  provide information in languages other than English?

                                                                  How many?               In  languages other than English
     local newspapers
     local radio stations
     local television stations
     bookstores
     video stores
     music stores
     local community-access cable
     internet/electronic services
     other (community organizations, etc.)  

Source:____________________________________________________________________
 

 

15. What other libraries are there in your community?
                                                                                 Number

     School
     Academic (college & university)
     Hospital/medical
     Legal
     Special
     Other
 

16.  List the number of schools in your community.  Are they public or private?
                                                    Public                               Private

     Pre-schools
     Elementrary
     Middle/jr. high schools
     High schools
     Vocational/technical
     Community colleges  
     Colleges/universities

    What is enrollment in your school district in K-12 now?   ________

    What is projected  in 5 years? ____________

17.  Approximately how many home-schooling families are there in your community?    ______________

Source: _____________________________________________________________________

18. What percent of the people aged 25 and older have at least a high school diploma or a GED? (This includes all technical school and college grads as well.)      ___________ %

    What percent of people 25 and older have a least some college?       ____________%
 
    What percent of poeple aged 25 and older have at least 4 years of college?  ________%
 

19.  List the number of medical care organizations in your community.

                                                                        How many?

     Hospitals
     Clinics
     Long-term and rehabilitation
     Hospices

Do these facilities draw local/regional people to your community?     _____ yes   _____ no
Do the people who work in these organizations live in your community?   _____  yes   ____ no

20.  How many social service providers are located in your community?

                                                                                            How many?

    Nursing homes (extended care)
     Day care centers
     Shelters/Halfway Houses/Drug treatment centers
     Youth and recreation centers
     Other (list)

Do these facilities draw local/regional people to your community?      ____ yes    ____ no
Do the people who work in these organizations live in your community? ____ yes   ____ no

 

 

21.  List (for small communities) or estimate the number (large communities) and types of the organizations in your community (service groups, clubs, churches).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

22.  Are there any state or county offices in your community?    _____  yes   _____ no
       What services do these offices provide?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

    Do the people who work in these offices live in your community?   _______yes   ______ no
 
 
 
 
 

23.  List the five most important issues facing your community in the next five years.  Which of them relate to what
the library does or could do?
    1.
 

    2.
 

    3.
 

    4.
 

    5.
 

24.  List any special characteristics or any exceptional technological resources in your community.  (Number of
local INternet providers, fiber-optic cable to the home, high-tech industries, ISDN or ATM service availability,
availability of the INternet via cable TV, etc.)
     

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