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Nielsen Book LibScan Shows Library Authorities How They Stack Up

Nielsen Book is launching its LibScan live reporting service, which collects library borrowing figures and uses them to help library authorities determine whether the data they are issuing from their library management systems match, underperform, or overperform other library authorities. Nielsen Book's goal is to achieve 50% coverage of all U.K. libraries by the end of this year.

LibScan gathers data from a panel of authorities that gives Nielsen's BookScan a weekly list of issued ISBNs that can be used to compare authorities and check national trends. LibScan now features data from 15 library authorities; 10 more are expected to be added.

LibScan data is available free of charge to participating libraries, which can access total ISBN issues for all participants. Libraries can also view data on all titles they have borrowed.

The information is available via a reporting tool within LibScan that can create title and author charts over self-defined time periods. These charts can be run for a combination of genre, format, and publication date, giving library authorities an overview of their own borrowing patterns in the context of the wider library community. Borrowing trends over time can also be viewed by genre so users can examine how use is affected by season. Data is updated every 4 weeks.

Source: The Nielsen Co. (www.nielsen.com)



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