Plinius

Friday, April 23, 2010

PL 12/10: Fact sheets for libraries

Filed under: statistics — plinius @ 1:32 pm

Library statistics are not widely used by ordinary librarians.

The lack of good delivery services is one of the reasons. Strange to say, most library staff are mainly concerned about their own libraries ;-). Most library data, however, appear in massive tables of comparative statistics. This suits the producer, but not the consumer of statistics.

Knowledge consists of information coupled with information. As mash-ups multiply like rabbits, we may hope for a new dawn.

Statistics Norway has done excellent work in combining and publishing  key data from municipal statistics. With that in mind I have tried to exemplify what a standardized library fact sheet might look like:

I plan to use this as an illustration of the effective use of statistics at a Polish-Norwegian workshop in Cracow next week.

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