Today the PLL/CLL Committee of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries released its 2005 Operations survey, available from the PLL/CLL webpage.
This survey was a lot of work and covers subjects such as:
- Library clients
- Library staffing
- Physical library space
- Library products and services
- Budget and financial planning - including costs per lawyer
- Online services - use and spending
- Firm intranet and website - involvement by library staff
- Library catalogue
- Multi-office firms/National firms
The committee who put this together request feedback about the usefulness of this survey:
"Given the effort exerted and expense incurred in conducting CALL surveys it is time to seriously question whether we should continue to do so -- given that members often conduct their own small surveys via the CALL-L listserv as questions arise. This committee is interested in your thoughts on this."
For my own part I find it an immensely enlightening read, but then I wonder if I put what I learn into practical use? I am hoping to look more closely at the results and see what conclusions I can draw. If I find anything of particular interest, I will share it here.