ERIC Number: ED045118
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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Measuring Library Output.
In order to provide meaningful unit cost information, the librarian needs an accurate concept of what data should be measured and why. The dimension which has been conspicuously absent in library statistics is interpretation of the data which is reported, and the correlation of one set of data with another to reach a defensible conclusion. For the most part, librarians have been data-gathering rather than statistics producing. The analysis and the creative juxtaposition of quantitative measures to deduce qualitative factors is the very essence of the art of statistics. Major recommendations include: (1) statistics should compare your library last year with your library this year, and five years hence; (2) the data gathered should be meaningful to your library; (3) sampling techniques and contact with experts who deal with the problems our work touches upon should be tried and (4) national or state reporting should not take precedence over statistical analysis that is relevant to your library. (MF)
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Authoring Institution: Wayne State Univ., Detroit, MI. Dept. of Library Science.
Identifiers: Planning Programming Budgeting System
Note: Paper presented at an Institute on Program Planning and Budgeting Systems for Libraries at Wayne State Univ., Detroit, Mich., Dept. of Library Science, spring 1968