I really like the idea of transparency in libraries but I’ve wrestled with how to deliver the information to the community over the past few years. It’s been a battle between making the information attractive and appealing enough for the community to read versus just putting it all out there for anyone interested to take in.
In 2010-2011, I dabbled with the idea of a year in review, which you can view by clicking the image below:
I voted against doing something like this for 2011-2012 for one simple reason: it just took way too much time to put together and I felt that it was best use of my time to spend it with teen library members than crunching numbers and making a pretty report.
For the 2011-2012 year, I kept track of all of my statistics online using Google Docs. This gave me the option of publishing my stats online simply with the click of a button. Sure, the numbers don’t look as pretty as an end of the year report, but all of the information is there. You can access this information by clicking here.
My question to you: if you’re sharing this information with your community, how do you do it?