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ERIC Number: ED065110
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 18
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The Annual Report as a Junior College Library Evaluation Tool.
Hoffman, Herbert H.
This study attempts to determine if the average American junior college library annual report is used as an evaluation tool. If so, it should demonstrate how well library objectives are being met. A survey of a random sample of 260 junior college libraries collected information regarding annual reports, written statements of objectives, and evaluation consciousness. Some findings based on the 170 responses (65%) were: (1) 75% of the respondents prepare annual reports; (2) about one-half of the annual reports are prepared by libraries that have no written objectives; (3) more than one-half of all annual reports are prepared without reference to objectives; (4) collection and circulation data are the dominant topics in the annual reports; (5) one-half of the respondents use two or more methods for evaluation, and were therefore classified as "evaluation conscious"; and (6) high evaluation consciousness is associated with annual report preparation. It was concluded that to write more meaningful annual reports, librarians must search for clear and specific evaluation criteria and also present the accomplishment of their libraries' services in terms of predetermined, operationally defined objectives. (RN)
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Authoring Institution: Santa Ana Coll., CA.