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Thousands of public libraries diligently contribute to data collection efforts each year- participating in one-time, periodic and annual surveys at the behest of a variety of organizations - state library administrative agencies, university researchers and professional associations. The results are used to create national composites that describe library use, organization health and impact. But, there is no overarching national plan for the collection, storage, use and dissemination of public library data and service outcomes that equitably engages all stakeholders, validates the purpose and value of public libraries, and provides learning opportunities on the value and use of this data to librarians and library staff.
New! View a recording of 'Making Sense of Indicators' presentation by Mike Crandall, University of Washington, presented on December 6, 2016. The slide deck is also available. (Note: Sound quality on this recording is not ideal, and a change of a microphone caused dead space at the 14 minute mark. The presentation resumes at about 17:20.)
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) have begun Measures that Matter, a project to examine, evaluate, and map the landscape of public library data collection in the United States. The project will develop a Library Data and Outcomes Action Plan with key library stakeholder groups for a more coordinated approach to the collection of public library data nationally.
Activity is just getting underway, so watch this space for more information, or contact email@example.com.
For periodic updates by email, join the COSLA Measures that Matter email list.
This project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services cooperative agreement number RE-00-0181-16.
Members of the Project Working Group are: