Monday, June 22, 2015

What's in a Name? - Electronic Collections

Hoopla Digital Logo
Hoopla Digital logo
The Library Statistics Working Group (LSWG) is an advisory group to the Institute of Museum and Library Service that includes five State Data Coordinator (SDC) members. These SDCs are currently developing new definitions for "electronic collections" that would collect data about electronic items that don't fit current data definitions and cannot be included in libraries' annual reports.

The new definitions for electronic collections will be a significant component of documenting and illustrating changes in library service at levels from individual libraries to the entire country.

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Zinio logo
The LSWG SDCs' first step is listing the kinds of electronic things that libraries have and/or want to include on the annual report so the new definitions better reflect the content that libraries offer; e.g. Zinio, Hoopla. Once these new data elements are approved, libraries will be asked to include the number and use of electronic collections on the annual report. This, then, is a great opportunity for librarians to share insight about what they think could be included in this data.

The following of downloadable content (e-content) do not qualify as electronic collections:

  • e-books
  • e-audiobooks
  • e-video
If you have any thoughts or suggestions about what you think should be considered in the electronic collection definitions, please email

Written by: 
Jamie McCanless and Ryan Claringbole, Public Library Development Team