WOW your town's Budget Committee! When you need to convince elected officials of the benefit of continued or increased funding, nothing speaks in this "age of accountability" like numbers. http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/stackup.htm
SHOW impact of funding on library use! Deiters, P. (2007). What a difference a new building makes. Illinois Library Association Reporter, 25 (1), 17. Retrieved February 3, 2009, from the WilsonWeb database.
COMPARE your library with peers! Chart created using the Compare Libraries Tool, available at http://harvester.census.gov/imls/compare/index.asp
SEE trends over time! Data for FY1992-FY2005 IMLS PUSUM: State Summary/State Characteristics Longitudinal Data File. Additional data for 2006 from NHPLAR 2006 (only for 2006 Capital Expenditures) available at http://www.nh.gov/nhsl/lds/2006Statistics.htm and from Public Library (Public Use) Data Files available at http://harvester.census.gov/imls/data/pls/index.asp
PLAN programs and services! “ Time to promote TumbleBooks again!” “ Better stock up on children’s fiction!” “ Busier than ever--time to think about next year’s budget!”
Public Library Statistics An internship project, spring 2009 Mary Cronin, URI GSLIS student Dr. Gale Eaton, LSC 595 course instructor Supervisor: Thomas Ladd, New Hampshire State Library, State Data Coordinator Thanks to Tom Ladd, for the opportunity to learn to appreciate statistics; Bobbi Slossar, New Hampshire State Library, for website suggestions and loan of laptop; and Susan Weaver, Harrisville Public Library, Lori Fisher, Baker Free Library, Andrea Masters, North Conway Public Library, for sharing statistics stories and forms