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Show me the money

November 19th, 2009 Comments off

Each year, Illinois public library trustees and directors create and adopt a financial budget for their library. This budget is based on anticipated expenses and anticipated income. A key component of the anticipated income is the library’s tax revenue as 75 to 95% of a public library’s financial support comes from taxes on local property.

But knowing the library’s tax revenue is a guessing game, how can you know the future? By knowing the history of the library’s tax revenue, the library director and trustees can make a calculated estimation of future tax income. Knowing the rate of increase in equalized assessed valuation (EAV) helps determine future increases, allowing trustees to adjust the library’s tax rate in order to provide financial support for the library.

Check out the System’s annual review of the public library’s estimated tax revenue, the Analysis of the Public Library Estimated Tax Revenue and the tables Tracking Library Tax Revenue.  Interestingly, four libraries will experience a decrease in EAV for the 2010 year.

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Bibliostat Connect and Library Statistics

May 29th, 2009 Comments off

For two years, Illinois public libraries have used Bibliostat Collect to complete their IPLAR for the Illinois State Library. Prior to this, the libraries used an electronic database from the Library Research Center for about 10 years. Under a contract with the Illinois State Library, Bibliostat has gathered public library statistics from the IPLAR into one database for local library use. Bibliostat Connect is the web-based, user-friendly database that librarians can to query data elements from the Illinois Public Library Annual Reports (IPLAR, 1996-) and the ILLINET Interlibrary Loan Statistics (2005-).

Data elements including, but not limited to, circulation, program attendance, registered borrowers, income, expenses, and others can be compared by library name, peer groups, and benchmarks. The database allows library staff to quickly create tables and graphs, view averages and percentiles, and organize the results into reports and presentations. You can compare the library to the other 650 public libraries in Illinois or the thousands of libraries across the country. Bibliostat Connect is an easy and effective tool to use in your advocacy, fundraising, and marketing efforts.

In addition to the Illinois data files (IPLAR and ILLINET Interlibrary Loan Statistics), other data files include the national public library data files for each state and data from the Public Library Association. A huge wealth of information.

More information on Bibliostat Connect, its features, and its uses can be found at these Baker & Taylor links.


Bibliostat CONNECT can be accessed at via IE at: Please note, currently Bibliostat Connect is accessible only via the IE browser.

Libraries access Bibliostat Connect using their ELI Control/Branch number and ELI password. Your login will be your library’s ELI number. This is the 7 digits.Your password will be your ELI password. If you are unable to login with your current ELI data, contact Julia Pernicka or Charm Ruhnke for your ELI information.


  1. The IPLAR data for FY08 is NOT included yet, but is expected to be available late Fall 2009.
  2. Position analysis/salary comparison data by position is not available as a part of Connect. You will still need to contact the Illinois State Library if you need that data or visit LCLS to review the paper IPLARs.
  3. You will need to download the ActiveX controls, when prompted, the first time you use Connect on a PC. The safe download is necessary to view the graphs and data correctly.
  4. Minimum system requirements necessitate an Internet connection, running Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher, and a monitor with 800×600 resolution with 256 colors (8 bit).
  5. If you receive the a message asking if you want to “stop running this script, click no. Then, call the technical support hotlinefor assistance with making adjustments to your computer.
  6. Remember that census info is from the 2000 Federal census and was collected almost 10 years ago. Keep this in mind as you use the “age data. Example: The 5-9 year olds reported in 2000 are now 14-18 years old! Special census information is not included in the database.

How might you use statistical information to make a point with the library board? The voters? City Hall?

Thanks to Genna Buhr of the Alliance Library System for portions of this information.

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