Monday, January 31, 2011

Long lost blog!

Aaaaah my long lost blog - I had almost forgotten about you. Maybe I'll start posting again...Library statistics. That's a biggie for me right now. Of course, now they're called "library metrics". Why? I'm guessing, to signal a new way of representing library value. This was the topic at the latest QPLA Conference. What did I learn? I learned that the presenters didnt' have a magic bullet for adequately describing library value either (sigh). But with falling lending stats being an international phenomenon, librarians really really have to find some credible measures of value or face irrelevancy/redundancy. One presenter suggested "more participation stories", eg the guy who borrowed a book, and found a bit of information that he turned into a business idea and now he's a multimillionaire. How do you put a measure on, or even tells stories about, pleasure? Or fulfillment? Or insight? Yes, it's a toughie.


  • Hi Deb, it's great to see you back! Looking forward to reading your blog again. :-)

    By Blogger Warren Cheetham, at 8:57 AM  

  • Yes - I've been thinking about this too having done a day in one of our small branches and a 70ish year old said to me "Don't know if I will use the library much now - my son bought me an ipad and I'm learning to work it and I can make the words really big and easy to see and it's lighter to hold than those (pointing to her stack of large print returns) and it's got 130 Nora Roberts books on it!" and I wondered how long I might keep my job!

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