HAPLR 2.0 Metric Study for Porter County Library System in Indiana
The research for these reports was conducted in the fall of 2017. The reports provide perspective for evaluating how the Porter County Library System compares to similar libraries throughout the country. The reports rely on data compiled by individual libraries throughout the U.S. by state libraries and the federal government’s Institute for Museums and Library Services (IMLS).
PDF of Final Report:
This report uses the most recent IMLS dataset that was published in September of 2017. The reports move from the historical to the more general and then to the very specific. We start by looking at 25 year trends in library data for over 929 of the nation’s libraries that are of a comparable size to Porter County Library. Next, we narrow the field of observation to look at the average input and output statistics for broad groupings. This allows us to compare items such as staffing to broad but more comparable groupings of libraries, which in turn allows us to begin to see patterns of strengths and weaknesses. Finally, we sort the field even more closely, narrowing it to just 11 of those libraries, “best practice peers.” Here we specifically looked for libraries that have numbers that appear better than Porter County Library’s.
This report is expanded by the 3 PowerPoint presentations listed below. The first one illustrates HAPLR 2.0 as applied to peers chosen in this project. The second looks at 25 years of metric data for Porter County Library System and comparable groups of libraries. The third covers metric data for the most current available for Porter and selected peers.
- Porter County HAPLR 2.0 WITH Video Final Jan. 2018
- Porter County HISTORICAL Metrics Study Final Jan. 2018
- Porter County Metric CURRENT Metrics Final 2018