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Measuring your library's value how to do a cost-benefit analysis for your public library
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English
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9780838909232
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Chicago : American Library Association, 2007.
Fiziksel Tanımlama:
vii, 181 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.

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Under pressure to quantify the benefits your library provides? Is a cost-benefit analysis right for your institution? With tax-funded organizations under microscopic scrutiny, library directors need to make a strong public case for the value their library provides.

Measuring Your Library's Value, designed to serve large to medium sized public libraries, gives librarians the tools to conduct a defensible and credible cost-benefit analysis (CBA). This hands-on reference covers the economic basics with librarian-friendly terms and examples, preparing library leaders to collaborate with economist-consultants. Library directors and trustees:

Reflect whether a CBA is the way to go -- using checklists addressing the pros and cons Gain confidence to customize the process by viewing survey design elements step-by-step Learn how to calculate the value a community receives from library services Access proven examples for communicating what different community stakeholders need to hear

Authored by members of the team that developed, tested, and perfected this methodology for over a decade, Measuring Your Library's Value is based on research funded by IMLS and PLA. Now you can credibly measure the dollars and cents value your library provides to your community.


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"The authors  have spent more than 10 years perfecting a methodology to measure the dollars-and-cents value of a library to a community. This guide shows how to use cost-benefit analysis (CBA) for quantifying the services a public library offers. The 10 chapters describe the fundamentals of CBA, how to determine whether to undertake  a cost-benefit analysis, and how to initiate the project as well as how to sample library users and measure library costs and returns, and what to do with the results. Five appendixes provide examples of cardholder sampling, survey instruments, and more. The book will help librarians and trustees understand economic basics so they can communicate what leaders in the community need to know so the library can be valued and supported. Although it is aimed at a medium-sized library, any public library can learn from its strategies."--"Hogan, Patricia" Copyright 2007 Booklist


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Why do a $15,000 cost-benefit analysis? To obtain "a defensible estimate of the value of library services that will convince those whose opinions count in preserving or increasing library budgets." This concise, practical manual is the collaboration of two nationally recognized public library leaders (Glen E. Holt and Leslie Edmonds Holt), an economics professor (Elliott), and an urban community services analyst (Sterling W. Hayden) who obtained grants from the Public Library Association and Institute of Museum and Library Services. The methodology presented is based on ten years' of research in 14 libraries and includes strategic questions, time lines, and sample work forms. The authors emphasize gathering unbiased data for valid results and offer excellent advice on how to communicate intangible value to various audiences. Suggested sound bites for funding administrators, donors, and media accompany statistical formulae. Appendixes are provided for economists, project consultants and analysts. Joseph R. Matthews's The Bottom Line: Determining and Communicating the Value of the Special Library provides guidance for special libraries. Highly recommended for large and medium-sized public library systems, but other tax-dependent libraries could also pick up some useful ideas.--Betty Glass, Univ. of Nevada at Reno. Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.