CHICAGO – June 25, 2005 – At the 2005 Annual Conference of the American Library Association today, the Normative Data Project (NDP) for Libraries announced that charter NDP memberships have been offered at no charge to all American Library Association (ALA)-accredited library schools for use in classroom instruction and scholarly research. The NDP database is a powerful teaching and discovery tool that encourages exploration of library-related transaction, demographic, and geographic data. Using NDP, library school faculty and students can delve into and arrive at insights about the condition of and dynamics at work among libraries in North America. To a degree previously impossible, scholars and students alike can analyze how people use libraries, when and where they use them, and the types of materials they use. NDP's intuitive online interface is available at www.libraryndp.info. NDP is sponsored by Sirsi Corporation in cooperation with the GeoLib Program at Florida State University.
"We hope that the students and faculty of library schools will find this new analytical tool useful both in teaching and in research," said Bob Molyneux, PhD., chief statistician for NDP. "We look forward to the suggestions for improvement to NDP that will come from library schools and to working with faculty and doctoral students who can use it to push our understanding of libraries forward in their research. I believe you will find that the interface encourages analysis – even with students who would normally avoid data."
The Normative Data Project (NDP) for Libraries is a cooperative effort among hundreds of libraries in North America, the GeoLib Program at Florida State University, and Sirsi Corporation to compile transaction-level data from libraries throughout North America; to link library data with geographic and demographic data on communities served by libraries; and, thereby, to empower library decision-makers to compare and contrast their institutions with real-world industry norms on circulation, collections, finances, and other parameters. Information on NDP and related resources are now available at www.libraryndp.info. In 2006, NDP will include transaction, geographic, and demographic data from 2,500 North American libraries, serving over 50 million users involved in more than 500 million transactions annually.
GeoLib is a research program of the Florida Resources and Environmental Analysis Center (FREAC), which is within the Institute of Science and Public Affairs (ISPA) at The Florida State University (FSU). GeoLib's mission is twofold: first, to improve access to digital geographic information for library planning; and, second, to apply marketing research theories in solving real-world library problems. The program's Web site (www.geolib.org) displays easy-to-use geographic information of relevance, as well as library planning information for wide audiences such as library researchers, librarians, and policymakers.
Founded in 1979, Sirsi Corporation develops, sells, and supports a comprehensive integrated suite of software solutions for meeting the information management and sharing needs of libraries and library users around the world. From the open, evolutionary integrated library system technology in the Sirsi Unicorn Library Management System... to leading-edge data analysis and intelligence tools in Sirsi Director's Station... to leading-edge solutions such as Sirsi Rooms 2.0 for library users seeking unparalleled access to the world of knowledge... Sirsi and its partners provide the broadest array of information management products and services for the library community. Sirsi solutions serve more than 10,000 libraries in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific. For more information about Sirsi, please see www.sirsi.com.