Plotting to Grow Public Library Collections

Is it really March already? Time has been flying by at Library Research Service, and hopefully this year is off to a great start for all of your libraries as well. If you have big plans to add to your library’s collection in 2023, you may find the following scatter plots on materials expenditures and circulation throughout Colorado public libraries particularly interesting. The data below is still from 2021, but with the Public Library Annual Report (PLAR) survey currently collecting data from 2022, in just a few months these posts will include fresh findings! In the meantime, let’s discuss the advantages of visualizing data with scatter plots, and find out whether there is a correlation between the amount libraries spend on their materials and how much these materials circulate…

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