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Measuring your library's value : how to do a cost-benefit analysis for your public library

Author: Donald S Elliott
Publisher: Chicago : American Library Association, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Measuring Your Library's Value, designed to serve large to medium sized public libraries, gives librarians the tools to conduct a defensible and credible cost-benefit analysis (CBA). This hands-on reference covers the economic basics with librarian-friendly terms and examples, preparing library leaders to collaborate with economist-consultants."--Page 4 of cover.
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Genre/Form: Handbooks and manuals
Nonfiction
Handbooks, manuals, etc
Guides, manuels, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Donald S Elliott
ISBN: 083890923X 9780838909232
OCLC Number: 70219762
Description: vii, 181 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction to cost-benefit analysis for public libraries --
Fundamentals of cost-benefit analysis --
Important considerations before commissioning a CBA study --
Preparing to measure benefits --
Measuring library benefits : identifying and sampling library users --
Measuring library benefits : preparing the survey instruments --
Measuring library costs --
Measuring return to taxpayer and donor investment in your library --
Wrapping up your study : communicating your CBA findings --
Conclusions : evaluating what your CBA study accomplished.
Responsibility: Donald S. Elliott [and others].
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With tax-funded organizations under microscopic scrutiny, library directors need to make a strong public case for the value their library provides. This title provides librarians with the tools to  Read more...

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