Come budget time, I invariably find myself working with the most
recent compilation of public library statistics put out by our State
Library -- comparing our library to peer institutions along a variety
of measures (support per capita, circulation per capita, staffing
levels, etc.) so I can make the best possible case for increasing/
maintaining our funding.
The raw data is in a Excel spreadsheet --
http://www.nh.gov/nhsl/lds/public_library_stats.html -- so this seems
ripe for mashing up, data visualization, online charting, etc.
Does anyone know of any examples where these types of library stats
have been made available online in a way that meets my goals of being
user-friendly, visually informative/ clear, and just plain cool?
If not, examples from the non-library world and/ or pointers to
dashboards of note would be equally welcome, particularly if there's
an indication of how things work on the back end.
Cab Vinton, Director
Sanbornton Public Library