BookBrowse, an online magazine for book lovers, combined responses from its annual survey last summer with its fifteen years of experience with book clubs to create the white paper entitled, “Book Clubs in the USA.” The results may give libraries some insight into how they run or provide for local book clubs.
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How is public library usage trending nationally? How does usage compare with pre-recession levels? How are investments in public libraries reflected in their usage? These are all questions explored in the Public Libraries in the United States Survey (PLS) for FY 2013. This annual statistical report by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) shows how public library usage is changing over time. While some of the major public library output measures are showing short-term declines, many continue to show a ten-year increase in activity.
Contests in the library can be an easy, high return way to collect anecdotes about library use from the community. This information can be used to influence decision-makers by putting a relatable face on usage data.
In many respects, going digital just makes more sense, such as the choice between physical reference books and online databases. However choosing the digital option for books, while increasingly a part of our lives, does not necessarily have such a clear answer.
Measuring outputs to evaluate library success is only one way of demonstrating effectiveness. To tell the story of how your library changes lives, look to outcome-based measurement.