Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Boston Public Library Measures Data Published

From March 31 Boston Public Library news release.

In an ongoing effort to be transparent and engage the community in its budget deliberations, the Boston Public Library today published measurements about each library location. The information is posted on the Boston Public Library’s web site at The information is quantitative in nature; qualitative information will follow at the next meeting of the BPL Board of Trustees on April 7.

Link to "BPL Measures and Definitions".
1.  Public use measures  (circulation, foot traffic, public wireless Internet stations)
2.  Operational measures (accessibility, parking lot)
3.  Geographical measures (proximity to MBTA stations, bus routes, public schools, Center for Youth and Families)
4.  Other considerations (programs, capital projects)
5.  Additional definitions:  lead library, digital branch, and something called Boston About Results (BAR).

Link to "BPL Data" (Jan-Dec 2009 statistics)

1.  Books and audiovisual items borrowed
a.  Copley: 1,240,077 (high)
b.  Egleston:  29,071 (low)

2.  Foot traffic
a.  Copley:  1,598,887
b.  Grove Hall:  37,606*

3.  Public computer use
a.  Copley:  188,520
b.  Orient Heights:  7,644

4.  Program attendance
a.  Copley:  19,043
b.  Adams:    834

5.  Number of programs
a.  Copley:  836
b.  Adams:  101

6.  Public wireless Internet sessions
a.  Copley:  10,541
b.  South End:  20

Related articles:
Don't close the book on us. (3/29/2010)
Citywide Friends of BPL to Hold Demonstration.  (3/28/2010)
BPL Budget News Available at Website.  (3/25/2010)
A Small Branch Makes a Big Impact.  (3/24/2010)
Friends of Boston Public Library Host Read-in to Support Tax Increase. (3/14/2010)
Emotions Reach Boiling Point in Boston Public Library Discussion. (3/13/2010)
The Boston Public Library Dilemma, Continued. (3/12/2010)
Boston Speaks Up for Its Libraries. (3/10/2010)
Boston Public Library Branches to be Ranked in Consolidation Plan. (3/9/2010)
Boston Public Library Anticipating Budget Cuts in 2011. (3/2/2010)

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