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ERIC Number: ED024405
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Dec
Pages: 75
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Effectiveness of Public Library Services--Development of Indices of Effectiveness and their Relationship to Financial Support. Final Report.
Houser, Lloyd J.
Indices of the impact of public libraries on their municipalities are made by measuring the relationship of registrants against the municipal populations. Three indices based on registrants in households are developed. The methodology is based on "pairs" of libraries exhibiting two comparable characteristics--the population served and the per capita expenditure for library services. The hypothesis tested is that there is a correlation between level of impact (effectiveness) measured by the indices and the per capita expenditure for services. A linear correlation method is used for testing. The hypothesis is rejected. However, a significant variable is discerned. Registration is strongly related to the economic profile of municipalities--where a high percentage of households earn over $7,000 per year, the percentage of registrations is large; where the percentage of incomes over $10,000 per year is higher, the percentage of registrations is higher. The conclusion is drawn that economic position in the community is a stronger factor in registration than the amount spent by the library for services. The "population served" concept of the public library standards is questioned. A uniform statistical reporting system for public libraries is recommended. The study was made of small and medium sized public libraries in New Jersey with 1964 data. This document is a Ph.D. thesis submitted to the graduate school of Rutgers University. (Author/CC)
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Authoring Institution: Rutgers, The State Univ., New Brunswick, NJ. Graduate School of Library Service.