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January 27, 2006

Web page for library statistics

I recently found out about a web page that's useful for getting statistics about libraries and to compare libraries (if someone wants to know where we stand among other academic libraries in collection size, for instance). The first time I used one of these NCES tools it was a little hard for me to figure out how it worked so I'm including a sample search as well. Here's the URL: http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/libraries/

Click on Academic Libraries.
Click on Compare Academic Libraries Tool.
Click on Begin Search.
Enter Library Name - I put in University of Michigan and then I put Ann Arbor and Michigan in the city and state boxes and hit Continue.

When the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor came up on the next page, I marked the entry and hit Continue.

On the next page I clicked on the link to choose similar libraries.

On the next page I went down to Size of Collections and chose Books, Serial Back Files, Other Paper Materials

On the next page I chose Method 1 and left the percentage at 20%. Then I clicked on Continue.

On the next page I chose the column that said # of Lib. and clicked on the number below.

Posted by mfreelan at January 27, 2006 10:51 AM


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