Access and statistics

Volume 48 NO. 1–2 2015

This issue of SLQ is special, because it is actually two issues merged into one. Therefore we also have two special topics in this double issue, Accessibility and Statistics.

“Accessibility is the word used to describe equal access for people with disabilities to any environment, movement, information or communication. It means that a person with a disability should be able to use a product or service to access society at the same level as a person without a disability.”

This is how Wikipedia in simple English describes the meaning of the word Accessibility. I found it appropriate because accessibility to media or information can mean the use of a less complicated language, since a disability can be both physical and mental. Accessibility can also refer to physical access to a building; say a library building, for people in wheelchairs or motorised scooters, as well as access for all to the content of that same library’s web page, including the blind or severely visually impaired. It also refers to access to the media in the library, regardless of how you need to read it: with your eyes, with your fingertips or with your ears.

The other topic in this issue is the study of the collection, interpretation, analysis, organization and presentation of data, or with one word: statistics. It can be used to show that the economy of a library influences its usage, as in Norway, or to look at how proximity to the library affects user behaviour as is attempted in Denmark. It can be used to draw conclusions about what the library visitors will demand, as in Finland, or a whole country’s library statistics can be collected and made available in one public database, as in Sweden.

In this issue of SLQ, you can read about all this, in addition to a lot of other things. I hope you will find it interesting and informative. The next issue of SLQ will reach you by the end of September.

The issue in PDF
Editor-in-chief National Library of Sweden