Analyzing Library Collection Use with Excel
In this unique guide, two collection development experts show how to use ExcelŽ to translate circulation and collection data into meaningful reports for making collection management decisions. Step-by-step instructions accompanied by screen shots allow anyone to use ExcelŽ to quickly “crunch the numbers” that often bog down library use studies. Analyzing Library Collection Use with ExcelŽ gives library collection analysts the ready tools to
Process raw data into usable information
Understand the varieties of possible analyses
Identify the most relevant types of analysis for their collections
Identify weaknesses and build on the strengths identified in their collections
Illustrate circulation data using charts and graphs
This hands-on guide shows how to set up customized spreadsheets and processes all data into usable summaries. Librarians responsible for collection development in public, school, academic, and special libraries will learn why analyzing collection use is important and how they can analyze that use to better serve their patrons.
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