While tracking data about resources, services and their use, libraries must agree on the meaning of the data, and apply best practices and standards. Understanding database design and relationships of entities can help a library define data points. Even with standards, a library must define the data it collects.
meaning of data
Libraries famously count most things about their business. It is an important way of tracking resources, work and service patterns, and to show value for invested funds, staff and effort. This means we should count like things – count apples with apples. While obvious, in practice this is very difficult. What exactly are we counting? A gate count ...