I’ve been reading this over the weekend (in between hockey games). I think this project will help provide the benchmarking data that I’ve been struggling to find to compare our circulation with.
One key finding is that that usage of library collections is even more concentrated than we thought. Only about 7% (not 20%) of the manifestations account for 80% of the use. I want to understand the distribution of usage more clearly. It appears that size of the collection is indirectly correlated with usage distribution – the more titles there are from which to choose, the relatively fewer will be used. But what is the right balance? Where is that golden spot?
I also think that the ratio of usage is going down over time because overall circulation is decreasing. This is where finding a ratio of ebook usage to circulation would be ideal.
I need more time to digest this…I’m also planning on looking at the data itself. Surely there’s something I can use.