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Think Regional/Act Local

Library Benchmarks

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April 8, 2014 – This week’s blog focuses on Libraries as part of our continuing series reviewing the recently updated SEMCOG municipal benchmarks.


By Raysonho @ Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


SEMCOG Library Benchmarks


Library Benchmarks


Some communities have their own libraries and some use regional libraries. The strategy depends largely on size and historical practices. Regardless, it behooves municipal officials to make sure the library services being provided to their citizens meet or exceed their expectations. With new technologies dramatically changing library services, it’s also important that the municipal IT budget be at an appropriate level.


The above benchmarks help guide and assure that proper methodologies are being applied to assure effective library operation. The highlighted utilization and cost metrics are especially pertinent.


SEMCOG can help sort through your library issues and develop an optimum strategy, at no cost to member communities. Contact Dave Boerger.


Dave Boerger
Learn how to navigate fiscal uncertainty by improving efficiency, fostering collaboration, and enhancing service delivery. Through weekly posts, Dave will discuss legislative developments, best practices, and training opportunities.

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