Bibliostat Connect is the Macro view of the library management statistics - allowing cross comparisons with other systems. Together with the
Bibliostat Connect software is a database of library statistics from the US National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
These statistics have to be generated and submitted by each library to the Center.
By comparing your own statistics to those for similar libraries, you can gain valuable insight into relative performance of your library. Selecting of comparative libraries can be done by a variety of criteria e.g. population, numbers of books, circulation transactions, etc. Once selected, your library’s statistics can be viewed in relation to those others that you have selected. Special statistical analyses are used for the data comparisons - this is not an area where basic mathematics is applicable.
The innovative step taken by Management Dynamics is to allow libraries to contribute their own data to NCES via the Web thereby short-circuiting the
data collection procedures and making faster cross comparisons possible.