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Less is more

Presentation at the 8th Performance Measurement Conference, Florence, August 2009

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Less is more

  1. 1. Less is more - Turnover rates and professional debate in Norway <ul>Jannicke Røgler Library adviser at Buskerud County Library. Research fellow at Oslo University College, Norway 8 th Performance Measurement Conference Florence </ul>
  2. 2. Buskerud County 1 Drammen 2 Flesberg 3 Flå 4 Gol 5 Hemsedal 6 Hol 7 Hole 8 Hurum 9 Kongsberg 10 Krødsherad 11 Lier 12 Modum 13 Nedre Eiker 14 Nes 15 Nore og Uvdal 16 Ringerike 17 Rollag 18 Røyken 19 Sigdal 20 Øvre Eiker 21 Ål (Source: Wikipedia)
  3. 3. Methods <ul><li>CREW – MUSTIE </li><ul><li>M = Misleading
  4. 4. U = Ugly
  5. 5. S = Superseded
  6. 6. T = Trivial
  7. 7. I = Irrelevant
  8. 8. E = The material or information may be obtained expeditiously elsewhere </li></ul><li>Data from library system
  9. 9. Local knowledge
  10. 10. Documentation </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul>Turnover rates in Buskerud - 2007 </ul><ul><li>1,3 in municipalities with more than 50 thousand inhabitants
  12. 12. 1,1 in municipalities with 20-50 thousand
  13. 13. 0,80 in municipalities with 10-20 thousand
  14. 14. 0,5 in municipalities with 5-10 thousand
  15. 15. 0,45 in municipalities with less than 5 thousand </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul>Turnover rates in Norway vs Denmark </ul><ul><li>Denmark - negative accession rate
  17. 17. Norway – positive accession rate
  18. 18. For medium-sized Norwegian municipalities (20-50 thousand inhabitants) the turnover rate for books was in 2006 1,1
  19. 19. In Denmark the same figure is 2,0 </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul>Case 1 – Nes in Hallingdal </ul><ul><li>Municipality of 3500 inhabitants
  21. 21. 4 persons weeded 2500 books in two days
  22. 22. 36 % of the collection was weeded
  23. 23. Turnover rate adult books: </li><ul><li>Before weeding 0,39 (adult books)
  24. 24. After weeding 0,62 </li></ul><li>Importance of documenting the process </li></ul>
  25. 25. Nes – before and after <ul>More pictures at: Flickr.com/buskfyb </ul>The cooking books collection before weeding New childrens departement in two days
  26. 26. <ul>Case 2 – Vestfossen in Øvre Eiker </ul><ul><li>Vestfossen has 2800 inhabitants
  27. 27. 4 persons weeded 3500 books in two day
  28. 28. Little or no use of the adult collection
  29. 29. On average ten loans per week
  30. 30. Continue as a school library
  31. 31. Artist Rune Guneriussen - weeded books as art </li></ul>
  32. 32. Artist: Rune Guneriussen
  33. 33. Weeding provoked national debate <ul><li>&quot;The doctrine of airiness&quot;
  34. 34. Two opposed camps: </li><ul><li>The &quot;book lovers&quot;
  35. 35. The &quot;user-oriented managers&quot; </li></ul><li>Media coverage case 1 and 2 </li></ul>
  36. 36. White paper about Norwegian libraries <ul><li>Picture from Vestfossen in the
  37. 37. white paper
  38. 38. Statistical data
  39. 39. Evidence based librarianship
  40. 40. Research </li></ul>
  41. 41. Conclusion - Is less really more?
  42. 42. Thank you! <ul>E-mail Jannicke Røgler: [email_address] E-mail Rune Guneriussen: post@runeguneriussen.no </ul>

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