Module 6: Library Statistics for Advocacy
Whenever we communicate with politicians, funding bodies or library stakeholders: if we want to put our libraries on the agenda, we need numbers, statistics and evidence to prove our point and underline our arguments. Advocacy and lobbying are not possible without relevant data to assist us. This is the reason why statistics are a vital issue for library associations and libraries who want to influence political processes in their country or on an international level.
One day workshop. Length and topics can be customised.
TOPIC 1: WHY USE STATISTICS FOR ADVOCACY?
6.1.1 Learning Objectives
TOPIC 2: WHICH ASPECTS OF LIBRARY WORK SHOULD WE FOCUS ON?
6.2.1 Learning Objectives
6.2.2 Four types of statistics
6.2.3 Outcomes and impact of libraries
6.2.4 Social and economic statistics
6.2.5 Library statistics
6.2.6 An Example: LibEcon data
6.2.7 Global population statistics
6.2.8 New literacy statistics
TOPIC 3: HOW CAN WE PROCESS AND INTERPRET DATA?
6.3.1 Learning Objectives
6.3.2 Case Study: New Zealand
6.3.3 Five indicator sets for public libraries
126.96.36.199 IFLA/UNESCO indicators for public libraries
188.8.131.52 Germany: BIX Library Index
184.108.40.206 New Zealand
220.127.116.11 Global indicators
TOPIC 4: HOW CAN WE COLLECT RELEVANT DATA?
6.4.1 Learning Objectives
6.4.2 National and local data collection
6.4.3 Data collection methods
6.4.4 Populations and samples
6.4.5 Data collection methods
TOPIC 5: HOW CAN WE PRESENT DATA?
6.5.1 Learning Objectives
6.5.3. Examples of library evidence based advocacy
6.5.4. Visual presentation of statistical data
6.5.5. Presenting statistics in graphs
6.5.6. Highlighting important messages
6.5.7. Most Common Mistakes in Presenting Statistics
6.5.8. Another type of evidence - Success Stories
6.5.9. IFLA Libraries Success Stories Database
ACTION PLAN AND EVALUATION
Last update: 5 October 2012