Measuring the Results of Library Services from the 2017 Annual Survey of Public Libraries
ere is another report from the 2017 Annual Survey of Public Libraries and resulting 2017 Ontario Public Library Statistics. This report is on the write-in field “Measuring the Results of Library Services”.
Kudos to Rainy River Public Library for the fine entry below. Libraries that are measuring their results, impact, economic impact, outcomes etc. report on using PLA’s Project Outcomes, OLS-North’s Valuing Northern Libraries Toolkit, and other library values and economic impact models. Others report they prefer data and written accolades attesting to their service impact, or that they plan to measure outcomes soon. Over to you, this report could be posted on the FOPL https://fopl.ca/news/special-reports-from-the-2017-ontario-public-library-operating-data/ and https://fopl.ca/news/2017-ontario-public-library-statistics/ sites.
|Rainy River||Rainy River PL was one of six pilot sites for the Valuing Northern Libraries Toolkit project of OLS-North: http://home.olsn.ca/resources/valuing-northern-libraries-toolkit. Based on the Toolkit indicators, and using our 2017 data, preliminary results for the Social Return on Investment for all programs and services delivered by our library is as follows: 1. Raw Economic Benefit, $882,913.02. 2. Total Economic Benefit, adjusted by the cost differential between Toronto and our region (as calculated by the annual Nutritious Food Basket report of Ontario Public Health Units): $1,196,434.01. 3. Benefit per Resident of our catchment area, $602.43. 4. Benefit per Household in our catchment area, $808.95. 5. Economic Impact of One Library Public Service Hour, $251.59. 6. Total Social Return in Investment, based on local operating funding from our appointing council: 3,474%. We would be glad to share full results.|
Excel file: Measuring the Results of Library Services from the 2017 Annual Survey of Public Libraries