I never thought that I would be reviewing a paper on library stats so this is a first

subtitle: go forth and concatenate

Whilst this year’s Library & Learning Travel Grant winner Phil Minchin is currently in the US on his dream gamer research trip, last year’s winner Jamie Normington has been busy putting the final touches of his paper.

Jamie’s paper, titled “A Lifetime of Discovery: Statistical Serice in the Library“, is now available on the SPUN site (under “Conference Papers > 2010 Conference) so head over there and take a look. And perhaps also take some time to vote for your favourite enhacement or two…

Jamie,  a self-confessed stats freak, *8-I , has put together a comprehensive paper that aims to “lighten the load” to those who see stats as a burden. And for those of you who live and breathe stats like Jamie (I bet you just loved doing the Census last Tuesday, right?) this is what you might refer to as a ‘page turner’, as there is something new and exciting on every page. So there is something  of value for every type of librarian in here.

Using the Joondalup Library Service statistics as an example, Jamie’s paper discusses time management in getting stats; using spreadsheets (“Excel is your friend”); and finally presenting stats for simple interpretation.

The two case studies which complete the paper are on in-transit stats, which help with stock rotation patterns and staff workloads, and stock purchasing, which looks closely at loans of certain collections by different demographics including age and gender.

Here at Civica we’d like to congratulate Jamie for this paper, in which an enormous amount of thought and time has clearly gone into.

If this was eligible for Spydus ratings and reviews I’d give it a 10 (5 on Sorcer).

About Emerald

Emerald Leung, Sales & Marketing Manager for Civica LLD based in Singapore.
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