Archive for March 25th, 2013

Walking the talk: CC BY

Monday, March 25th, 2013

It may be a while before I actually have the license linked and the icon showing in the sidebar, but I’m finally doing something I probably should have done a while ago.

I’ve replaced the bottom paragraph of my “About” page (which referred to the CC BY-NC license for original material in this blog) with this:

As of March 25, 2013, I’m walking the walk: Original content is now covered at least implicitly by a Creative Commons “BY” license: It may be freely used as long as credit is given. Period. I’ll have the actual license and icon as soon as I figure out how to add it.

As for Cites & Insights? I’m thinking about it, and will probably make the same decision. So, y’know, if you’re eager to get filthy rich by selling something based on my posts here, and you provide attribution, go to it. Good luck with that…

Vermont public libraries

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Another post commenting on Chapter 20 of Give Us a Dollar and We’ll Give You Back Four (2012-13)–now available as a $9.99 Kindle ebook or $21.95 paperback with ISBN 978-1481279161 on Amazon, along with the usual Lulu options. Note that Lulu prices for the paperback and hardback versions are now lower.

The 152 profiled libraries in Vermont (32 were omitted) are fairly evenly distributed throughout spending levels, although somewhat more spend between $21 and $30.99 than elsewhere. Circulation is on the low side, with only 30% circulating at least eight items per capita (compared to 50% overall); patron visits are slightly low. Program attendance is strong, with half the libraries reporting at least 0.5 attendance per capita (compared to 33% overall), while PC use is typical.

Libraries by legal service area

LSA Count % Outliers
<700 6 3.9% 9
700-1,149 25 16.4% 13
1,150-1,649 21 13.8% 3
1,650-2,249 21 13.8% 1
2,250-2,999 24 15.8% 2
3,000-3,999 18 11.8% 1
4,000-5,299 8 5.3% 1
5,300-6,799 8 5.3%
6,800-8,699 7 4.6%
8,700-11,099 4 2.6%
11,100-14,099 2 1.3%
14,100-18,499 5 3.3%
18,500-24,999 2 1.3%
34,500-53,999 1 0.7% 1
54,000-104,999 0.0% 1

Circulation per capita and spending per capita

Circulation per capita correlates very strongly (0.82) with spending per capita.

Circulation per capita plotted against spending per capita

Circulation per capita (rounded) occurrence by spending category

Note that the horizontal axis is only linear through 14