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Usage and impact metrics for Parliamentary libraries

Al Baghal, T (2019) 'Usage and impact metrics for Parliamentary libraries.' IFLA Journal. ISSN 0340-0352

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Parliamentary libraries are important in supporting informed decision-making in democracies. Understanding Members’ information needs is important, but the usage and impact of these libraries have been less explored. A particular example of the United Kingdom’s House of Lords Library is studied, collecting and analysing data using techniques from the field of data science. These techniques are useful in extracting information from existing sources that may not have been designed for the purpose of data collection. A number of data sources available at the Lords Library are outlined and an example of how these data can be used to understand Library usage and impact is presented. Results suggest that Member usage varies significantly and that there is a small but significant relationship between usage and making speeches in the chamber. Further work should explore other indicators of impact, but these methods show promise in creating library metrics, particularly in Parliamentary settings.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: House of Lords Library, data science, impact, metrics, Parliamentary libraries, usage
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2019 11:04
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2019 11:04

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