There are not too many of us. Statistics and evaluation is a special interest within a small profession. Librarians may protest, since they encounter colleagues all the time. There seems to be lots of librarians around.
But that is due to the herd instinct. Birds of a feather flock together.
A small profession
The profession is a smallish one. In rich countries with comprehensive library systems library staff constitute less than 0.3% of all employees. In the United States, ALA reports that there 166 thousand librarians and 201 thousand other staff. Total civilian employment is about 156 million. One in thousand is a librarian, then, while one in every four hundred work in a library.
- For Singapore 2013 I wrote a paper on statistical standards and also had a poster stand (on traffic observation) together with Bozena, my wife (August)
- One day workshop on user studies, organized by Telemark County Library (September).
- Co-authored brief paper, on traffic observation at Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius, for AACE eLearn conference in Las Vegas, October 21-23 (but stayed at home).
- (With Elisha Chiware) Developed SAFARI project proposal, on statistics training for libraries in Africa, and applied for IFLA grant (not supported). We will try again.
- Start with statistics. One day workshop for librarians organized by Hordaland County Library. This is the Norwegian version of the BSLA course (January)
- Chaired seminar on traffic studies with four contributors at Norwegian Library Association bi-annual meeting in Trondheim (March)
- Developed teaching module on (general) statistics and graphs for the LATINA Open Online Course (April)
- Completed overview article on traffic studies for Journal of Library Administration (July)
- At this year’s WLIC meeting in Lyon I am presenting some ideas on community-based statistics (August)