Archive for the ‘iflastat’ Category

ST 15/12: Bibliotecas publicas en Chile

August 26, 2012

Las estadísticas sobre las bibliotecas de Chile se estan desarrollando año por año.


  • Total Bibliotecas Públicas*: 458
  • Bibliotecas Centrales: 424
  • Bibliotecas Filiales: 34



ST 14/12: IFLA report on Norwegian statistics

August 25, 2012

It is surprisingly difficult to collect and present comparative international statistics in a way that is useful and meaningful for the user.

ST 12/12: Strange visits

August 22, 2012

The experts that produced ISO standard 11620:2008 have suggested that libraries should measure visits per capita as follows

  • The total number of visits to the library, either physical or virtual, during a full year divided by the total number of persons in the population to be served.
  • For the purpose of this performance indicator, a visit is the act of entering the library premises or accessing the library’s website in order to use one of the services provided by the library.

At the moment I am not aware of single library that has actually accepted this recommendation. The lack of implementation is easy to understand. The proposal is hard to grasp. The reason is simple. Most people experience and conceptualize physical and virtual visits as different types of entities. (more…)

ST 11/12: IFLA papers in statistics and evaluation

August 21, 2012

The following papers about library statistics were presented in Helsinki:

Session 76 — Crisis? What crisis? The use of statistics and data for libraries at a turning point — Statistics and Evaluation

  • 2nd. National Census of Dominican Libraries: vital statistics at a turning point [2do. Censo Nacional de Bibliotecas Dominicanas: estadísticas vitales en un momento decisivo] YUMARYS ALT. POLANCO-ALMONTE and CÉLIDA ÁLVAREZ-ARMENTEROS (Biblioteca Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (BNPHU), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic)
  • Supporting strategic change through statistics of virtual library usage. SEBASTIAN MUNDT (Stuttgart Media University, Stuttgart, Germany). Picture, left
  • Measuring the public library’s societal value: a methodological research program. FRANK HUYSMANS (University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands) and MARJOLEIN OOMES (Netherlands Institute for Public Libraries, The Hague, Netherlands). Picture, right


ST 10/12: A model analysis of the library sector

August 20, 2012

I am impressed by South Africa’s Library and Information Services (LIS)  Transformation Charter (July 2009, 6th Draft).

The document, which is available on the web, gives a clear, detailed, forceful and realistic analysis of the country’s  library sector. It also includes useful statistical data.

The report shows that libraries must be understood in their local context and as part of broad social processes:


ST 6/12: Statistics for Advocacy in Africa

August 4, 2012

In June, a team of teachers from Oslo and Kampala conducted three training events at Makerere University Library.

The main event was an intensive two week LATINA workshop on elearning and digital librarianship for professional librarians from East Africa. (LATINA stands for Learning And Teaching IN A digital world). But we also arranged two one day courses. LATINA for executives was aimed at managers who sent staff members to the main course.

Practical statistics

And on Monday July 2, Maria Musoke, the director of Makerere University Library, and Tord Høivik (that’s me) co-directed the first Statistics for Advocacy training in Africa. The detailed program, with teaching materials, has been published here, in my Google Site on Practical statistics.

Nearly all the participants came from academic libraries. The course contents had been modified to fit their situation.

But big changes were not needed. In Africa academic libraries tend to be much more engaged in development issues than their counterparts in Europe and North America. Academic research is also more development oriented. This means that academic libraries also need to demonstrate their value outside the university campus.

ST 5/12: Metropolitan statistics

March 23, 2012

The section on Metropolitan Libraries at IFLA collects useful annual statistics.

In a digitalized society, libraries need to develop better information systems. Librarians need new skills and greater understanding of statistical and economic analysis. Our metropolitan libraries represent the most powerful community of public library professionals.  Their statistical work deserves to be better known.

Discussions about library statistics often take place in rather closed environments. The discussions in and around ISO is an obvious example. But many other organizations and network tend to do their statistical development work outside the public sphere. Limiting access may be comfortable in the short run, but it harms the profession in the long run.