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Statistics at Makerere University Library

October 15, 2010

For the past 3 weeks, Fred and I have been physically counting Library users based on gender in the Library at different time intervals of the day.

We will do this until the end of October, 2010. From these statistics we have noticed that boys use the Library more than girls, and that girls use the discussion rooms than the boys.  On rainy days there are fewer students in the Library compared to sunny days. Why is that?

As the saying goes “You may prove anything by figures”   I presume that by the end of this exercise we will be able to come up with substantial conclusions regarding our female and male readers’ preferences in terms of time, reading/discussion space, etc and the implication of these to the services provided by Makerere University Library.

During LATINA–Africa 2011 we plan to hold “Statistics for advocacy course”; one day course for executives and others.  Hopefully this will run one day before the LATINA course. I am eagerly waiting to learn more about statistics and their credibility!! Are you?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. gra77 permalink
    November 30, 2010 2:06 pm

    Irene and Fred, well done. Step by step, you will be able to interprete your data and plan better. I know of a Librarian at the circulation desk who accumulates statistics for information materials that are missing on shelf. Since she likes to satsify her ‘customers,’ she takes an extra mile to check whether a sought item is in circulation or not; checking on its status as well. If it is missing, she orders for another title but that is after the regular shelf reading is fruitless. Each Librarian has a portion to shelf read regularly and they carefully indicate the status of every item. So if the book is at the Exhibition ground or in transit to another branch library, it is indicated in the system.

    You could also determine the statistics for students who can discover the online tutorial and make use of it. May be it is the female students who rank high on this note, that is why they are few in the Library and really they wouldn’t like t carry an extra buggage on a rainy day to the Library. It can be warm in the halls of residence and they can enjoy the Library beyond its walls.

  2. Monica permalink
    January 7, 2011 8:11 am

    Dear Irene and Fred, thanks a lot for this. Knowing the massive number of users in this Library, i really congratulate you on this. Well, could you also find out if the library has users during recess? Could it be that they use the library during semester time to pass their exams or as reading space? Please kindly find out especially during this recess. And if so what should we do to promote a good reading culture and make the library more relevant not just as reading space but also as a place of relevance with or without exams to read for?


  3. iryn permalink*
    January 11, 2011 12:05 pm

    Thank you, Gra77 and Monica,
    we will look at your suggestions and keep you posted.

    Happy new year!!


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