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|Title:||Academic library benchmarking in The Netherlands: a comparative study|
|Author(s):||Henk Voorbij, (Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, The Netherlands)|
|Citation:||Henk Voorbij, (2009) "Academic library benchmarking in The Netherlands: a comparative study", Performance Measurement and Metrics, Vol. 10 Iss: 1, pp.59 - 72|
|Keywords:||Academic libraries, Benchmarking, Comparative tests, Data analysis, The Netherlands|
|Article type:||Case study|
|DOI:||10.1108/14678040910949693 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Acknowledgements:||The author is grateful for the support of the consortium UKB (Universiteitsbibliotheken en Koninklijke Bibliotheek), in particular Dr Dick van Zaane, Librarian of Wageningen University and Research Centre.|
Purpose – This paper aims to describe some of the unique features of the Dutch academic library benchmarking system.
Design/methodology/approach – The Dutch system is compared with similar projects in the USA, the UK and Germany.
Findings – One of the most distinguishing features of the Dutch system is the method by which the results are analysed and presented. Absolute values of performance indicators are converted to median relative scores and, as a result, a graph can be created for each library that shows at a glance its relative position for a whole range of indicators.
Practical implications – Similar benchmarking projects may benefit from the Dutch experience regarding the selection of raw data, the choice of performance indicators, the validity of the performance indicators, methods for analysis and presentation, and interpretation of the results.
Originality/value – The paper provides detailed and critical information on a long-running project. It questions the validity of some established performance indicators.
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