An Evaluation of the Benefits and Value of Libraries by Viveca Nyström

By Viveca Nyström

An review of the advantages and cost of Libraries offers information on find out how to review libraries and comprises many beneficial examples of tools that may be used all through this procedure. there's enormous specialize in the significance of objectives and ambitions, besides suggestion on thoughts that may be utilized in the case of libraries that will not be good resourced for carrying out surveys. The textual content may be valuable as a guide, and doesn't imagine previous wisdom of finance or economics. A consultant on the right way to behavior a cost-benefit research on library companies and a dialogue on easy methods to use situation research and the personality technique is supplied, as are examples of purchaser surveys, for clients and non-users alike.

  • Provides suggestions on library overview, tracking and methods
  • Provides useful examples and consumer surveys
  • Applies monetary how you can library management

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It is therefore important to know the relationship between the costs associated with providing an activity and the impact of that activity. In this chapter and the next we will attempt to show how financial analysis can help to answer the question of whether or not we are doing the right things. The question of whether maintaining or starting certain activities is financially feasible can arise either within one’s own organisation or from outside it. It may also relate to a one-time investment.

Mission statements can be found in laws and regulations, rules, reports and business cases. Libraries that have clear, well thought-out mission statements should be able to use them as a startingpoint in their efforts to formulate goals. Sections 8 and 9 of the Swedish Library Act (SFS 1996:1596) make the mission of public libraries and school libraries very clear: they are to pay special attention to the needs of the disabled, immigrants and other minorities by providing literature in languages other than Swedish and in forms that are particularly suited to the needs of such groups.

Scenario planning We all know that we need to base our development plans on what is going on the rest of the world. Customer surveys and business intelligence enable us to stay informed. Business intelligence involves arriving at answers to the following three basic questions: What is going on? Why are these things happening? What are the long-term implications and what will the consequences be for us? Long-term planning is necessary when we make major investments. However, it is also necessary when we are formulating goals for the future.

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