ERIC Number: ED202486
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Analysis of Reference Statistics Reported in 1977 Library General Information Survey.
Kaske, Neal K.; Aluri, Rao
Analysis of data collected from 3,000 academic libraries by the 1977 Library General Information Surveys reveals that library operating budgets, institutional enrollment, and library circulation are the best predictors of reference and directional transactions. Fifty-five percent of the transactions at reference service points are directional, while the remainder are reference transactions; university libraries report significantly higher numbers of transactions than either 4-year or 2-year colleges; and publicly controlled colleges report greater numbers than private institutions. Similarly, reference and directional transactions vary with total operating budget, collection and staff size, and enrollment. The picture is complicated, however, by intervariable relationships; e.g., university libraries tend to have larger operating budgets, staff, and collections. Under these conditions, regression analysis is a better procedure to predict the number of reference and directional transactions. (Author/RAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Directional Transactions; Reference Transactions
Note: Paper presented to the Library Research Round Table Annual Conference of the American Library Association (New York, NY, June 29, 1980).