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California State Library staffer earns the 2006 Eckard Award

California State Library (CSL) Library Programs Consultant Ira Bray earned the 2006 Helen M. Eckard Award, an honor for innovative and exemplary use of FSCS (Federal-State Cooperative System for Public Library Data) Public Library data.

 2006 Eckard winner, Ira Bray of the California State Library
Bray manages the CSL’s library statistics page on the CSL website. The page provides statistical information about California's public, academic, special and county law libraries. An electronic version of California Library Statistics annual publication is provided on the statistics page as well as numerous resources for other data about California's libraries.

CSL statistics describe the collections, service, financing, and staffing of each library. Libraries use this information for local planning purposes and for comparison with other libraries. Statewide, the data support budget requests and understanding of the impact of legislation affecting public libraries. The information provided is also useful to library and public policy researchers, the public, journalists and others.

The FSCS steering committee that decides upon the Eckard award includes representatives from NCLIS (The National Commission on Libraries and Information Science), NCES (The National Center for Education Statistics), CENSUS, the American Library Association and elected representatives from the State Data Coordinators.

State Librarian Susan Hildreth says, “The California State Library’s statistics page is an outstanding resource due largely to Ira Bray’s excellent work.  His award is greatly deserved.”

A full description of the Eckard Award can be found at:

For more information about the CSL’s library statistics page, contact Ira Bray at (916) 653-0171 or email at





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