Global statistics for the 21st century

Between 2006 and 2008, a three-year collaborative programme between IFLA Section on Evaluation and Statistics, UNESCO Institute of Statistics and ISO committee TC46/SC8 (Information and documentation: Quality: statistics and performance measurement) was carried out. The aims of the project were to:

  • Review the 1970 UNESCO recommendations on library statistics;
  • Advise on the adoption of measures facilitating the demonstration of impact and outcome;
  • Advise on appropriate measures to reflect the use of electronic information sources;
  • Advise on the use of appropriate non-library demographic and socio-economic measures;
  • Advise on the construction of appropriate indicators using the recommended statistics;
  • Advise on additional and supplementary avenues to strengthen the collection of data.

The project comprised a review of previous statistics, the development of a model questionnaire of core library data for the international level, and of a test run, in which the questionnaire was sent to a number of south american countries.

The results of the Global Library Statistics Project and Questionnaire was published in an article, the results of the test run were published in a report:

The data model and definitions of the Global Library Statistics Project are comprised in these documents:

In 2012, IFLA has launched a statistics database as a module of their world report website

The database is based on global library statistics questionnaire and contains data from ca. 30 countries - these are the data of the South American states that took part in the  2008 test run and of some of the countries of Standing Committee Members (as of August 2012). This part of the project was also a test to see if a croud-sourcing approach to gathering library statistics would be feasible.

Here is information on the statistics database part of the project:

Statistics and Evaluation

Last update: 24 August 2015