WHAT IS A METHODOLOGY?
A methodology can be defined as a set of guidelines or “methods” that can be applied to a certain practice to achieve a defined goal.
A successful methodology must be:
- Tested – Practiced over time and proven to be effective.
- Easy to monitor – monitored at regular intervals to ensure proper practice.
- Measurable – results must be recorded to evaluate the impact of a methodology.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING A METHODOLOGY?
Implemented carefully, a methodology can:
- Support during the planning phase of a project.
- Provide a framework to keep a project on track.
- Be shared among all parties involved (from frontline staff to senior management) to ensure that tasks are carried out efficiently and risk is reduced.
METHDOLOGIES IN PUBLIC LIBRARIES
The Evidence Based Stock Management (EBSM) methodology is a complete library collection performance improvement methodology, which analyzes historic and current information about collection use. Based around a number of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and a comprehensive toolset, EBSM allows librarians to monitor and measure its success. Using the EBSM methodology with a solution like collectionHQ helps librarians save time and money, improve collection performance and align supply with local demand.
EBSM IS 21!
Founded in the mid-1990s by Public Librarian, George Kerr, the EBSM Methodology has been practiced ever since for 21 years.
collectionHQ has been celebrating the occasion with our customers from across the world at our Forums and events. Find out more about EBSM at test-site.chqdev.net/ebsm.