ERIC Number: ED023410
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Aug
Reference Count: 0
On Library Statistics: Submitted to the National Advisory Commission on Libraries.
National Advisory Commission on Libraries, Washington, DC.; Mathematica, Princeton, NJ.
Available library statistical information is unreliable and missing in many areas. This report covers three general subjects: (1) the description of the nature of the figures that are currently available, including lists of library statistics publications, and an indication of some information which is wanted but not available; (2) a discussion of the philosophy which might appropriately underlie a systematic data collection effort; and (3) some suggestions for the organization of data collection activities. Library statistical data serves primarily four major classes of users, (1) the librarian, (2) those persons who deal professionally with inter-library matters, (3) instructional users of library services, and (4) those who provide the funds upon which libraries operate. Statistics, in order to be useful, must potentially lead to a modified course of action. Thus, data should be provided in a conditional form associating them with values of related variables, and a list made of alternatives needed. Major recommendations made to the National Advisory Commission on Libraries are: (1) consideration be given to the publication of an annual compendium of library statistics, (2) data to be collected, whenever possible, on the basis of a constant sample, (3) data be collected which is necessary for the planning of capital construction. Suggestions are also made for improving the quality of statistics for each type of library. (CM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: National Advisory Commission on Libraries, Washington, DC.; Mathematica, Princeton, NJ.