FIGURE 3.1

SAMPLE INFORMATION NEEDS LIST

Information
Possible Source
Potential Use
Community population:
% under 5 years of age
% 5-17 years of age
% over 65 years of age
City and County Data Book or State Planning Office
Check projected student population
Check current student population
Has senior population grown in the last 5 years?
Total Registered Borrowers
Library records
Get current + 5 years ago
Any changes
% of community aware of various library services:
Basic circulation services
Children's story hours
A/V services
Kiosk displays in mall
Reference services
Interlibrary loan services
Meeting rooms
Survey
Is the library well known?
Do we need to publicize some services better?
Turnover rate: our library
Turnover rate: other libraries
Library records
State Library
How active is the collection?
Comparisons with similar size libraries in state
Library Circulation
Adult
Juvenile
Library records
Who accounts for what part of our circulation?
% of students (K-12) who have visited the library:
within the last month
within the last year
Survey (Get data at the building level)
Which schools account for most of our student use? How could we target a library/faculty relations program?
... and so forth
Subject and Author Fill Rate
Output Measures for Public Libraries, 2nd ed./Survey
How well are we doing?
Ratio of additions to total library holdings
Library records
Help in diagnosing the currency of the collection

Note: Prepared from the point of view of a library emphasizing circulation of popular materials and services to K-12 students. (McClure 1987, 21)

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