You know that using a library saves people money. It's one thing to tell customers that; it's another to prove it to them--or better yet, let them prove it to themselves.
Here in NJ, Joanne Roukens (executive director of the Highlands Regional Library Cooperative) created a little thing called "Valuing Libraries." It includes a "value calculator" for libraries and she's also done various presentations and made them available. Amazing stuff.
I just found another value calculator this morning, this one from the Franklin Park (IL) Public Library. See how easy it is to use? And how the explanation of the values are right there? I love it! See also their special front page--what a simple and wonderful idea.
(I learned of this one from Michael Stephens' blog, Tame the Web. If you don't already read it, you should; it's always got all kinds of cool and innovative stuff.)
How many of you have made these calculators available? They are very powerful tools!