ADVOCATE FOR LIBRARIES! SHARE YOUR DATA!
Libraries are facing with staff reductions and budget decreases. Librarians are responding by looking for ways to demonstrate their value and the value their libraries contribute to their parent organization.
We are continuing to collect data from librarians so that we can show the aggregate value of health sciences libraries – by region, by state, by library type, by service. Enter your library statistics using the Library Value Calculator on the NN/LM MidContinental Region website (http://nnlm.gov/mcr/evaluation/calculator.html), then click the Submit Data button. Your library location (state only), library type, budget, timeframe, and the value of your library services and benefits will be added to the database.
We will not receive any personal information in the submission and we will not include in the database your name, email address or feedback, if sent. We are eager include your data and to hear your thoughts about the calculator and how you have or will use it.
Data received to date suggests that the ratio of the benefits users receive to the costs expended by the library average $4.69:$1. This reflects information from 75 libraries in 31 states.
If you have ANY questions or encounter problems using the calculator please contact us or use the feedback form on the calculator website. We will be happy to work with you on the process of identifying and entering your data in the calculator. For help, contact Betsy Kelly (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Barb Jones (email@example.com). (bbj)