These tools are aimed at helping you analyze your circulation and holdings to help ensure that all those books on your shelves are working for you, rather than dragging your collection down, so to speak. Edelweiss Analytics is a somewhat unique collaborative analysis tool, in that you’ll be able to see an aggregated list of best selling/circulating titles, most ordered not-yet-published titles, and more, from your Analytics-using colleagues. While it’s true that each and every library branch has its own unique personality and quirks, it’s also true that they tend to buy their books from the same places, and oftentimes patrons hear about those books from the same places, more now than ever, unfortunately.
We consider Edelweiss Analytics to be a descriptive, rather than a prescriptive tool. We’ll show you what’s going on, but we don’t tell you what to do. You know what circulates in your library better than anyone, but making those decisions with as much information as possible can only be a helpful thing. The idea is to allow for smarter purchasing, and to allow the measurement of these activities. Truly, if you’re not able to measure or track an activity, you’re less able to fix any problems or, frankly, to even know if a problem exists.