The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has had a series of New Measures Initiatives going for years. Finally, somebody is tracking the various efforts on behalf of public libraries to develop new measures, especially outcomes.
Intrigued? For more information, visit this page on the website of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science: http://www.nclis.gov/statsurv/NCES/newmeasures/index.html.
Are you measuring some new statistic–or an old one in a new way? If so, please comment.
One of the best-kept secrets on the U.S. Census website is the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Data Tool. Via a fairly simple interactive interface, it is possible to learn the number of library workers of the three types included in the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC): librarians, library technicians, and library assistants (clerical). For each type of library worker, you can obtain the number of individuals by gender and race/ethnicity. The geography for which data are available goes from U.S. to localities. The one serious drawback is that library workers are not identified by library sector: academic, public, school, special. Still, if you are interested in the diversity issue facing the profession, this is a treasure trove of data.
We’ll be doing some available data research here at the LRS and publishing it both in the library press and our own FAST FACTS later in 2005. Watch for it.
Meanwhile, look at how your own state and community stack up at: http://www.census.gov/eeo2000/index.html.
Are you and your colleagues talking about the retirement, retention, and recruitment issues facing librarianship? Is anybody asking what the outlook is for librarians? Every 2 years, the Bureau of Labor Statistics issues a new series of 10-year national projections for three types of library workers: librarians, library technicians, and library assistants (clerical)–not to mention just about any other job you can think of. The latest at this writing is for 2002-12. (Release of the 2004-14 projections is scheduled to be announced in the November 2005 issue of the MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW.)
Learn about the employment outlook for library worker jobs nationwide on the BLS site at: http://data.bls.gov/oep/servlet/oep.noeted.servlet.ActionServlet?Action=empoccp.
Consult your state labor department about the possible availability of similar projections for your state and smaller units of geography. For contact information, see: http://www.dol.gov/esa/contacts/state_of.htm.
Check out the new sections of our site at http://www.lrs.org/interactive!
LRS-i has new budget calculators for academic, public, and school libraries, a dynamic public library statistics page, and school library profiles.
Library consultant Joe Matthews is the principal investigator for a two-year IMLS-funded National Leadership Grant project to adapt the balanced scorecard evaluation methodology for use by libraries. I am serving on the advisory committee for this project and just attended the first meeting during the recent ALA Midwinter Meetings in Boston. I’d be very interested in hearing any comments from library folks who are using this approach. If you want to comment offline from this blog, you can reach me at the e-mail address below.
For more information on the IMLS project, see its homepage at: http://www.ci.carlsbad.ca.us/imls/index.html. (Note: This is not a ‘turnkey’ proposition. There’s no one scorecard. It’s an approach that needs to be customized to each library using it. But, there are directions and tools for producing one.)
At the Boston Midwinter Meetings of the American Library Association this past week, SIRSI announced a new public library data project called the Normative Data Project for Libraries. This new web-based product/service combines SIRSI catalog and circulation data, public library statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics (see http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/libraries/Public.asp), and improved access tools for the Public Library Geographic Database (see http://www.geolib.org/PLGDB.cfm) from GeoLib, the GIS-based library research center at Florida State University (see http://www.geolib.org).
If you are purchasing and using NDP, please share your comments about it. If you don’t wish to share your comments in this blog, send them to me at email@example.com. Comments, public or private, from any Colorado SIRSI customers are especially invited.
Press release: http://www.sirsi.com/Newsevents/Releases/20050117ndp.html