October 31, 2014

LJ Index 2013: Find Your Library

Whether or not your library has been given a star rating, you can benefit from finding peers in your expenditure category and comparing stats. For the scores for all libraries included in this round of the LJ Index, download this document to see the libraries rated, their ratings, and the data from which the ratings were derived:

spreadsheet 128x128 LJ Index 2013: Find Your LibraryALL LIBRARIES in the LJ Index 2013

If you cannot find your library, please review the criteria for inclusion in the LJ Index. This list is an MS Excel file. In order to download it successfully, you may need to right-click and save it to your computer before opening. CLICK HERE for a version that is compatible with older versions of MS Excel.

Excluded libraries should (a) read the Instructions tab and (b) check the Search_Index tabs in the spreadsheet to see if/why their library was excluded.

If your library subscribes to Bibliostat Connect, you can search all of the included library data there.

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Keith Curry Lance & Ray Lyons About Keith Curry Lance & Ray Lyons

Keith Curry Lance (keithlance@comcast.net) is an independent consultant based in suburban Denver. He also consults with the Colorado-based RSL Research Group. In both capacities, he conducts research on libraries of all types for state library agencies, state library associations, and other library-related organizations. For more information, visit http://www.KeithCurryLance.com.
Ray Lyons (raylyons@gmail.com) is an independent consultant and statistical programmer in Cleveland. His articles on library statistics and assessment have also appeared in Public Library Quarterly, Public Libraries, and Evidence Based Library and Information Practice. He blogs on library statistics and assessment at libperformance.com.

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  1. Your link for all libraries is trying to open a .xlsx file in a webpage, and it is not working. I am using Firefox, if that helps.

  2. natascha walker says:

    Your link for ALL LIBRARIES is not opening. I am using Google Chrome.

  3. Matthew Williams says:

    As the other two commented. This does not work.

  4. Douglas Miller says:

    As the previous comments state, can’t access the ALL LIBRARIES file.

  5. Not opening…not good!

  6. Jeffrey Donlan says:

    Link still not working … e.g. “���������������������������������������������ÌWMoÛ0 ½è0t-lÅÝÖuCœÚí¸h÷T‰‰…Ø’ ª©óïG;‹ÑÎWí�¹$H’/Oôø¶*‹hµ5K“‹ÀH«´™eìïÓ¯ø†E„Q¢°2¶d·“‹O㧥Œ(Ú`ÆòÜÎQæP”

  7. Randy Heller (LJ Senior Web Developer) says:

    Hi everybody. Not all web browsers know what to do with an Excel file. Per the instructions above, if clicking directly on the link doesn’t work, please try right-clicking on the link and choosing the “Save Link/File/Target As” option (the wording will vary by browser). This will save the file to your computer, where you can open it from there. If you’re on a Mac, you should be able to achieve the equivalent of a right-click by holding down the Control key. Hope this helps. If not, then you could also try another web browser, which might be better at opening these kinds of files.

    • Douglas Miller says:

      Ramdy, Tried that and still no luck. Both methods result in the winzip directory having a list of 32 files, only one of which is indicated as a Word file. If someone can point out the one Excel file that has the All Libraries data, perhaps then I can access it.

  8. Jennifer McCullough says:

    Opening the file –
    Hi Doug, this should work:
    save the zipfile to your desktop. Open up Excel, select “open”, change the default file type to “all files”, select the zip file and excel will convert it to excel as it opens the file.

  9. I can’t open it either. When I do right click, and accept the terms of the zip files, I get a list of files that just have html code in them.

    • Jennifer McCullough says:

      Hi Tracie,

      After you right click and save the zip file without opening it, did you then open Excel, and then within Excel choose “open file” and choose the zip file?
      That was the only way I could get it to open as an excel file, rather than filled with unreadable items or the html code.

  10. I generally use Firefox–which did not work, as with others noted above, but I got the file to open just fine with Explorer.

  11. Randy Heller (LJ Senior Web Developer) says:

    Hi Everybody – Sorry you’re still having trouble. As mentioned above, please note that the file is an MS Excel file, with an extension of *.xslx — not a zip file. After the file is downloaded to your hard drive, you should try opening it directly in Excel, not in a program that opens zip files.

    Since it’s possible that your computer is having an issue with newer Excel files, I just now added above an *.xsl version of the file compatible with older versions of Excel. Here’s that link … http://lj.libraryjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/LJIndex2013Edition_AllLibraries_Excel97.xls Hope this helps.

    Also, a quick Google search shows me that Firefox and Excel files still don’t play nice together after all these years. So if you’re using Firefox, and are having trouble, I would definitely encourage you to hop over to MSIE or Google Chrome (if only temporarily) before giving up.

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