Revising the German Special Library Statistics: A Quantity-to-Quality Initiative
By Eberhard JankeIn times of economic turbulence, library statistics are an important and powerful management tool - provided these data are representative and consistent. Considering the special libraries' response to statistical surveys they are far from that in many countries, as has been verified for Germany and the UK. Consequently, special libraries as a whole risk becoming an "invisible segment" in the library world. In view of this "alarming" situation, Germany has started an initiative to revise the relevant part of the national library statistics. The revision strategy developed by a recently instituted expert group is described, and first work results are presented. The necessity of permanent statistics marketing for special libraries is pointed out and initial activities are reported. The paper concludes with an invitation to the library community to comment on the revision approach and to exchange experience and expertise.
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