Stop Relying on Gut Instincts. Start Making Data-Driven Decisions

Between already tight library budgets and mounting pressures, it is more important than ever to spend wisely and make investments that ensure a strong return. The best way to do so is using data, best practices and proven methodology to make decisions. Learn More
 



Between already tight library budgets and mounting pressures, it is more important than ever to spend wisely and make investments that ensure a strong return. The best way to do so is using data, best practices and proven methodology to make decisions. If you haven’t already, it's time to stop relying on gut instincts.

Even small changes across the many facets of library operation can lead to big improvements in community service and engagement. Pick one of the areas below, focusing on the one(s) with the biggest known or suspected challenges, and start digging into the data to determine where and how improvements can be made. 

1. FACILITY
Focus on how to best cost effectively utilize existing space and staff to enhance patron experience.

2. COLLECTION
Analyze collection use and performance with benchmark and peer library comparisons to maximize circulation and optimize budget.

3. TECHNOLOGY
Review technology employed for patron service and staff efficiency to identify cost-saving opportunities and the role of emerging technology.

4. PROGRAMS
Evaluate current library programs using an effort/impact analysis.

5. MARKETING
Analyze population demographics to target user and non-user audiences and ensure marketing plans, digital and offline communications are relevant.

6. STAFFING                                                                    
Map existing staffing plans with best practices to evaluate gaps and opportunities for workforce development.

7. OUTREACH
Review breadth and depth of community engagement initiatives, including partnerships, advocacy groups and volunteers.

If being an expert in all areas of library operation and/or having the time to do strategic analysis and planning seems completely unrealistic, you are in good company. At LibraryIQ, we are library experts with decades of experience operating libraries. We have lived in your shoes and understand the challenges and constraints of library operation, which is why we have created a library analytics platform to make data-driven decisions easy and why we work with library staff across the country to help with analysis, strategic planning, collection management, facilities, technology and more.


 

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