ERIC Number: ED081454
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Survey to Determine the Attitudes of Consumers of Library Research. Analysis of the Data.
Katz, Ruth M.; Finks, Lee W.
This survey of consumers of research was conducted in support of the question, "Is there a need for a journal of library research?" As a supporting document it may provide the background against which individuals or groups may, for their own purpose, begin to formulate an answer to the question. Thus the scope of the study is to collect and describe information about the opinions, attitudes and practices of librarians presumed to be interested in research. Decisions in two basic areas were the first steps in the design process. One decision point was specification of the population from which the sample would be drawn (i.e., who are the likely consumer?). Two target populations were selected. One was the membership of the Library Research Round Table (LRRT) which was thought to be a self-selected group of persons interested in research. The other was the membership of the American Library Association (ALA) Library Education Division (LED). A second decision point was clarification of what was meant by the term needs. The authors collected data that described the interests or primary activities of the sample and then used the data to arrive at implied needs. Additionally, it was decided that the survey data should provide insight as to feasibility of a journal of library research, rather than the need for such a journal. (Related documents are LI 004 460 and 004 461.) (Author/SJ)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Library and Information Sciences, Washington, DC.; American Library Association, Chicago, IL. Library Research Round Table.
Note: (1 reference); An oral summary of this paper was presented as a part of the Library Research Round Table program of the June 25 to July 1, 1972 Annual Conference of the American Library Association