Calling the reports “detailed and illuminating”, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey said, “good practice or opportunities for development will be highlighted, quite possibly for the first time. This will help local authorities make informed decisions about any improvements they can make to ensure they are providing a comprehensive library service for all users.”
The comparative profile reports compare each authority to 15 similar authorities across a wide range of indicators, including:
levels of staffing
the number of volunteers
The data is taken from CIPFA’s annual libraries survey for 2011-12 and will allow authorities - and anyone else with an interest in libraries - to compare their services with those of similar councils, known as their “nearest neighbours”. This allows authorities to compare ‘like with like’ when considering the delivery of their library services.