Library statistics 2021

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Dear Wrexham County Borough Council,

FAO The Library Service.

Hello, I have two freedom of information (FOI) queries that should be quick. This is being sent to all UK library services so be assured you aren't being singled out! If the operating of the library service has been outsourced to a separate organisation then please fulfil this request by retrieving the response from that body.

1. Does the library service complete annual library statistics to be sent to CIPFA? And specifically, have these been completed for the financial year 2020/2021?

2. If the answer to the above is Yes, please include a copy of your 2020/2021 CIPFA library statistics return in your response. This should be sent in the same format as was sent to CIPFA (e.g. an Excel spreadsheet).

It is important that this should be an exact copy of the data sent to CIPFA. I am not requesting any data that is owned by CIPFA, such as their own aggregated reports. As the data is compiled by the library service it is public library data, and subject to Freedom of Information.

To try and cover any concerns about the second part of this request, I have answered a number of potential worries below. Please have a quick look through these before responding!

- Data Format. The data should be sent as structured data in spreadsheet format. Guidelines from the Information Commissioner's Office specify that it is reasonable to request data in a re-usable and "Machine-readable" formats. For example, if the data were exported to a PDF file then that would not be acceptable, as that is a document rather than structured data.

- FOI exemption: accessible by other means. Occasionally, requesters in the past have been told that this data could be exempt from FOI as it accessible from CIPFA when it is published. However this fails the test of being 'reasonably' accessible due to the high cost for a member of the public. This exemption would certainly be overturned on appeal.

- FOI exemption: commercial interest. Commercial interest exemptions do exist in FOI legislation but this would not apply to a single third party (e.g. CIPFA) who use public data. Their commercial interests are in the value they provide in reporting on that data.

Thank you in advance!

Yours faithfully,

Dave Rowe

foi, Wrexham County Borough Council

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Dear Dave Rowe

 

Request for information

Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA) dated 15/09/2021  which was received by Wrexham County Borough
Council on 16/09/2021.  Under the FOIA, we have 20 working days to comply
with your request and you should expect a full response by 13/10/2021.

 

We will make every effort to ensure you receive a response by the due
date.  However, we will notify you if there is a need to extend the time
limit and give you an estimate of when you can expect to receive a
response.

 

 

Yours sincerely

TÎm Gwybodaeth Corfforedig/ Corporate Information Team

Llywodraethu a Chwsmeriaid /Governance & Customer

Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Wrecsam/ Wrexham County Borough Council

 

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Dear Wrexham County Borough Council,

 

FAO The Library Service.

 

Hello, I have two freedom of information (FOI) queries that should be
quick. This is being sent to all UK library services so be assured you
aren't being singled out! If the operating of the library service has been
outsourced to a separate organisation then please fulfil this request by
retrieving the response from that body.

 

1. Does the library service complete annual library statistics to be sent
to CIPFA? And specifically, have these been completed for the financial
year 2020/2021?

 

2. If the answer to the above is Yes, please include a copy of your
2020/2021 CIPFA library statistics return in your response. This should be
sent in the same format as was sent to CIPFA (e.g. an Excel spreadsheet).

 

It is important that this should be an exact copy of the data sent to
CIPFA. I am not requesting any data that is owned by CIPFA, such as their
own aggregated reports. As the data is compiled by the library service it
is public library data, and subject to Freedom of Information.

 

To try and cover any concerns about the second part of this request, I
have answered a number of potential worries below. Please have a quick
look through these before responding!

 

- Data Format. The data should be sent as structured data in spreadsheet
format. Guidelines from the Information Commissioner's Office specify that
it is reasonable to request data in a re-usable and "Machine-readable"
formats. For example, if the data were exported to a PDF file then that
would not be acceptable, as that is a document rather than structured
data.

 

- FOI exemption: accessible by other means. Occasionally, requesters in
the past have been told that this data could be exempt from FOI as it
accessible from CIPFA when it is published. However this fails the test of
being 'reasonably' accessible due to the high cost for a member of the
public. This exemption would certainly be overturned on appeal.

 

- FOI exemption: commercial interest. Commercial interest exemptions do
exist in FOI legislation but this would not apply to a single third party
(e.g. CIPFA) who use public data. Their commercial interests are in the
value they provide in reporting on that data.

 

Thank you in advance!

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Dave Rowe

 

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Rydym yn croesawu gohebiaeth yn Gymraeg. Byddwn yn ymateb i unrhyw ohebiaeth yn Gymraeg ac ni fydd hyn yn arwain at unrhyw oedi.

Ewch i weld - mi fedrwch chi dalu, rhoi gwybod, gwneud cais, dweud eich dweud, a dod o hyd i wybodaeth ar-lein yn www.wrecsam.gov.uk. Arbedwch bapur - meddyliwch cyn argraffu!

Mae'r neges e-bost hon ac unrhyw atodiadau wedi eu bwriadu ar gyfer yr unigolyn neu?r sefydliad y?i cyfeirir atynt yn unig. Am yr amodau llawn yngl?n â chynnwys a defnyddio?r neges e-bost hon, ac unrhyw atodiadau, cyfeiriwch at www.wrecsam.gov.uk/top_navigation/discla...

We welcome correspondence in Welsh. We will respond to any correspondence in Welsh and this will not lead to any delay.

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Dear Mr Rowe

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

Further to your request for information under the Freedom of Information
Act, please find attached the response from Wrexham County Borough
Council.

 

If you are unhappy with the way the Council has handled your request, you
may ask for an internal review Team within 40 working days from the date
of the Council’s response.  Please contact [1][Wrexham Council request email] 01978
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House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AS, telephone 0303 123 1113,
[2]www.ico.org.uk

 

Yours sincerely

TÎm Gwybodaeth Corfforedig /Corporate Information Team

Llywodraethu a Chwsmeriaid / Governance & Customer

Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Wrecsam /Wrexham County Borough Council

 

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Dear Wrexham County Borough Council,

 

FAO The Library Service.

 

Hello, I have two freedom of information (FOI) queries that should be
quick. This is being sent to all UK library services so be assured you
aren't being singled out! If the operating of the library service has been
outsourced to a separate organisation then please fulfil this request by
retrieving the response from that body.

 

1. Does the library service complete annual library statistics to be sent
to CIPFA? And specifically, have these been completed for the financial
year 2020/2021?

 

2. If the answer to the above is Yes, please include a copy of your
2020/2021 CIPFA library statistics return in your response. This should be
sent in the same format as was sent to CIPFA (e.g. an Excel spreadsheet).

 

It is important that this should be an exact copy of the data sent to
CIPFA. I am not requesting any data that is owned by CIPFA, such as their
own aggregated reports. As the data is compiled by the library service it
is public library data, and subject to Freedom of Information.

 

To try and cover any concerns about the second part of this request, I
have answered a number of potential worries below. Please have a quick
look through these before responding!

 

- Data Format. The data should be sent as structured data in spreadsheet
format. Guidelines from the Information Commissioner's Office specify that
it is reasonable to request data in a re-usable and "Machine-readable"
formats. For example, if the data were exported to a PDF file then that
would not be acceptable, as that is a document rather than structured
data.

 

- FOI exemption: accessible by other means. Occasionally, requesters in
the past have been told that this data could be exempt from FOI as it
accessible from CIPFA when it is published. However this fails the test of
being 'reasonably' accessible due to the high cost for a member of the
public. This exemption would certainly be overturned on appeal.

 

- FOI exemption: commercial interest. Commercial interest exemptions do
exist in FOI legislation but this would not apply to a single third party
(e.g. CIPFA) who use public data. Their commercial interests are in the
value they provide in reporting on that data.

 

Thank you in advance!

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Dave Rowe

 

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Is [16][Wrexham Council request email] the wrong address for Freedom of Information
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latest advice from the ICO:

[19]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/help/ico-...

 

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be delayed.

 

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manager to link to us from your organisation's FOI page.

 

 

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Rydym yn croesawu gohebiaeth yn Gymraeg. Byddwn yn ymateb i unrhyw ohebiaeth yn Gymraeg ac ni fydd hyn yn arwain at unrhyw oedi.

Ewch i weld - mi fedrwch chi dalu, rhoi gwybod, gwneud cais, dweud eich dweud, a dod o hyd i wybodaeth ar-lein yn www.wrecsam.gov.uk. Arbedwch bapur - meddyliwch cyn argraffu!

Mae'r neges e-bost hon ac unrhyw atodiadau wedi eu bwriadu ar gyfer yr unigolyn neu?r sefydliad y?i cyfeirir atynt yn unig. Am yr amodau llawn yngl?n â chynnwys a defnyddio?r neges e-bost hon, ac unrhyw atodiadau, cyfeiriwch at www.wrecsam.gov.uk/top_navigation/discla...

We welcome correspondence in Welsh. We will respond to any correspondence in Welsh and this will not lead to any delay.

Take a look - you can pay, report, request, have your say and find information online at www.wrexham.gov.uk. Save paper - think before you print!

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