Using statistics to increase public library budgets

Mark L. Smith (Library Systems Administrator for the Texas State Library, Austin, Texas, USA)

The Bottom Line

ISSN: 0888-045X

Publication date: 1 September 1996


Discusses the use of library statistics to justify budget increases for public library programs. Focuses on three major budget areas: staff, collection, and facilities. Provides guidance on deciding which data are relevant to a specific argument. Identifies internal and external sources of data. Describes methods of using data to create an effective budget presentation including simple data use techniques and tips for creating more straightforward and effective graphical displays of data.



Mark L. Smith (1996) "Using statistics to increase public library budgets", The Bottom Line, Vol. 9 No. 3, pp. 4-13

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Copyright © 1996, MCB UP Limited

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