Analysis of the Library and Its Resources

WorkSheet #6

by Roger Greer and Martha Hale
A. The Branch or Department
	Give a brief statement about the history, organization, and staff.

B. The Facilities
	1.The Exterior - Walk Around Evaluation
	      Walk around the outside of the building, critically, noting the 
		Are there signs pointing to the library?
		Is parking available?
		Does the building look architecturally attractive and inviting?
		Is the landscaping attractive?
		Is the building accessible to the handicapped, young, and old?
		Is there a book return?  A bicycle rack?
		Is there adequate public transportation close by?
		Is there adequate street lighting?
		Include other pertinent information  about the exterior.
	2.The Interior - Walk Around Evaluation
		Describe the impression of the building.  Walk around the 
                 inside, looking critically at	the following:
			Does doors open easily?
			Is the staff willing to help?
			Are there chairs and tables available?
			Was the building planned with forethought?
			Does it have a crowded look?
			Describe the physical layout of the building?
			Can patrons go directly to the most-used areas?
			Is the lighting adequate?
                	Are rest rooms accessible?   Meeting rooms?
			Include other information relevant to the interior.

C.	Analysis of the resources
	1.Book collection
		a.The size and composition--include its weaknesses and strengths
                   -special features.                  
		b.Age of the collection (branches).
		c. Usage.
		Can be obtained by coding books in several different ways.
	2.Non-book collection
		Describe type, size, and usage.

D.	Analysis of services available
	1.Number of hours open
		Usage patterns-days and hours
	2.Circulation of library materials
		a.Rate and trends
		b.Composition-percent of adult, young adult, and juvenile
		c.Delinquents and losses
		d.Special factors influencing circulation
	3.Reference and reader's advisory service
	4.Inter-intra library service
	5.Other services-copy machine, typewriter
	6.Programs and special services
	7.Other services not covered

E.Analysis of the user and non-user
	1.Who uses the library?  Special interest groups, the young, the old, 
           students, etc.
	2.Where do they live?
	3.Why do they use the library?  To obtain materials which they can take 
           home to read? To obtain information, study, read, visit, sleep 
           in the library? To use the audio-visual materials in the library? 
           To use the copy machine, typewriter?
	4.Who are the non-users?
	 Why don't they use the library?
	 See:  Public Library Use in Denver, Denver Urban Observatory, 1974.  Some 
           general information is available in Colorado Needs Assessment Study,            1973-4, Colorado State Library.

F.Special relationships between the library and the community, if any.
	1.Business community
	2.Auditorium use
	3.Groups using facilities
	4.Any others?

(Greer and Hale 1981,Appendix C 18)

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