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Measuring Your Library's Value: How to Do a Cost-Benefit Analysis for Your Public Library
Donald S. Elliott, Glen E. Holt, Sterling W. Hayden, Leslie Edmonds Holt
Item Number: 978-0-8389-0923-2
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $64.00
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192 pages
7" x 10"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-0923-2
Year Published: 2006
AP Categories: A, C

Under pressure to quantify the benefits your library provides? Is a cost-benefit analysis right for your institution? With tax-funded organizations under microscopic scrutiny, library directors need to make a strong public case for the value their library provides.

Measuring Your Library's Value, designed to serve large to medium sized public libraries, gives librarians the tools to conduct a defensible and credible cost-benefit analysis (CBA). This hands-on reference covers the economic basics with librarian-friendly terms and examples, preparing library leaders to collaborate with economist-consultants. Library directors and trustees:

  • Reflect whether a CBA is the way to go -- using checklists addressing the pros and cons
  • Gain confidence to customize the process by viewing survey design elements step-by-step
  • Learn how to calculate the value a community receives from library services
  • Access proven examples for communicating what different community stakeholders need to hear

    Authored by members of the team that developed, tested, and perfected this methodology for over a decade, Measuring Your Library's Value is based on research funded by IMLS and PLA. Now you can credibly measure the dollars and cents value your library provides to your community.

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    About the Author
    Donald S. Elliott, Ph.D., is professor and graduate program director in the Department of Economics and Finance at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville where he makes economic concepts understandable and entertaining.

    Glen E. Holt, Ph.D., editor of Public Libraries Quarterly, is a pioneer in providing statistically quantifiable benefits of library services.

    Sterling W. Hayden, vice president for fund development and evaluation at the Area Resources for Community and Health Services (ARCH) in St. Louis.

    Leslie Edmonds Holt, Ph.D., currently a consultant, directed Youth Services at the St. Louis Public Library as the methodology was developed. The book grew out of her research on middle school patrons.


    "Economic issues are pushing more and more librarians to be deeply concerned about justifying their budgets. Managers need to be able to quantify the value of their organizations with indisputable numbers. Measuring Your Library's Value can tell them exactly how to do that."
    --Marketing Library Services

    "Their methodology goes beyond simple user counts."
    --American Libraries

    "A first-rate guide for any library professional."
    --Midwest Book Review

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