PL indicators (I)*

The Global Indicators project (phase I) proposed fifteen indicators describing the public library situation at the national level.

Indicators

Fifteen public library indicators

  • Average number of public library employees [per library]
  • Percentage of public libraries providing users with internet access
  • Ratio of female to male public library employees
  • Expenditure on literature and information per capita by public libraries
  • Percentage of public libraries with websites
  • Average number of public libraries per 1000 inhabitants
  • Average number of public libraries per 1000 literate inhabitants
  • Average number of volumes in public libraries per 1000 inhabitants
  • Number of registered public library users per 1000 inhabitants
  • Average number of public library loans per 1000 inhabitants
  • Average number of volumes in public libraries per 1000 literate inhabitants
  • Number of registered public library users per 1000 literate inhabitants
  • Average number of public library loans per 1000 literate inhabitants
  • Number of public library visits per 1000 inhabitants
  • Number of public library visits per 1000 literate inhabitants

Variables

In order to calculate these indicators, we would need the following data:

A. Input data

  1. The number of public library employees
    • The number of female employees
    • The number of male employees
  2. The total expenditure on literature and information
  3. The number of volumes in stock

B. Service data

  1. The number of loans [without renewals and ILL]
  2. The number of visits
  3. The number of libraries with internet access
  4. The number of public libraries with websites

C. Other data

  1. The number of registered library users
  2. The number of public libraries

D. Non-library data

  1. The number of inhabitants
  2. The number of literate inhabitants

In order to collect these data on a regular basis, local administrations would need reports from every library unit. The only exceptions are variables D2, D1, C2 and possibly B4 (which might be mapped through the web)

Source

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