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2023 Annual Report Guide: Let's Get Started

Log In to Your Annual Report Survey

The New York State Division of Library Development provides the link to Baker & Taylor's  Bibliostat CollectConnect where you will log in and enter your library's 2023 data. Refer to their annual report page for instructions for filling out your annual report, an outline of major changes (also found in box below,) and a list of supported browsers plus helpful information if you are having difficulties accessing and using the Baker & Taylor site.   

Your library's login credentials are the same as last year. Please notify Stephen at RCLS if you do not remember or have lost your login information.


Log-in to Bibliostat CollectConnect to begin the report.

RCLS Helpful Hints for SAR


  • RCLS recommends that you view last year’s entries by clicking on SHOW LAST YEAR’S ANSWERS at the top right of the page.

  • For answers where the 2023 data differs substantially (about 30%) from the 2022 data, a Note will be required.  Please compare and explain the difference.

  • All questions must be answered. Leave nothing blank. If a question does not pertain to your library and the box is looking for text data, write N/A; if the box requires a numerical entry, enter 0.

  • Watch for questions with yes or no answers. The instructions often ask for an explanation using a Note. 

  • Tab to move to the next line and skip subtotals and totals.  Total boxes will calculate automatically.  Save before leaving each page.
  • Click on the Flag, to the right of the answer box, to remind yourself to go back and review a line item.  After you are satisfied with the question/answer click the Flag again to remove the Flag.  Do not submit a report with active Flags.

  • Read the first sentence or paragraph under the Section number to determine the time frame to be used to answer various questions. Example: Question 1.36 asks for current Library Director; Section 2, Library Collections, report as of the end of the Fiscal Year, sections of Sections 3 required calendar year reporting and Trustees are reported as of 02/01/24. 

  • When logging out of the Annual Report, click on "Logout" - do not use X at the top right. Be sure to SAVE your work first!


Log-in to Bibliostat CollectConnect to begin the report.

New Information from NYS Division of Library Development

Information on 2023 Annual Report for Public and Association Libraries

Background - The Public Library Survey is constantly evolving to reflect more accurately what is happening in the nation’s public libraries, resulting in changes which are reflected in the Annual Report for Public and Association Libraries.  This message is to inform library systems and libraries of changes in library program questions in 2023.

New Data Elements

In the 2021 Annual Report for Public and Association Libraries, there were new data elements (or “questions”) which fall under Part 3, Library Programs, Policies and Services. These changes in the Annual Report meant that libraries will be recording some data differently and should have started tracking program data differently for 2022. 

Programs – New Wording
What was previously called Programs is now called Synchronous Programs. Programs happening live, (which are all in-person programs and some virtual programs) are now referred to as Synchronous Program Sessions. Since the definition of a library program already included all in-person programs and live virtual programs, this revision does not change the method in which the data was previously collected.

Programs and Pre-recorded Program Sessions – Virtual
There will be four virtual program categories in the 2022 annual report:

  • Synchronous Virtual Program Sessions (live streaming)
  • Synchronous Virtual Program Attendance
  • Asynchronous Virtual Program Sessions (pre-recorded)
  • Asynchronous Virtual Program Views in First 30 Days After Posting (pre-recorded)  (In 2021 it was 7 days)

Programs – Definition of Children’s

Beginning in the 2021 Annual Report, there were separate questions for ages 0-5 and ages 6-11. Previously the definition of children’s programs encompassed those offered for ages 0-11. Children’s programming is being further broken out by age.


Programs – Location
There are two questions breaking out total program sessions between in-library and off-site. These will not be subdivided by age groups, and there will not be questions on attendance.

The Outline of Major Changes for Public and Association Library annual reports is available now.  The due date for the 2023 Public and Association Library Annual Reports and the Public Library System Annual Reports is March 15, 2024 and the due date to RCLS is February 29, 2024 (an extra day in this leap year!)