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ERIC Number: ED097868
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Library Management: Quantifying Goals. Papers Presented at the Fourth Annual Library Science Institute (Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana, April 27-29, 1972). Changing Concept Series No. 2.
Kim, Choong H., Ed.; And Others
Recognizing that the rational determination of priority goals for library services is only possible on the basis of objectively defined quantities, these papers discuss the problems of such quantification. The lead paper reviews current thought on the subject, noting the lack of practical techniques for the disciplined measurement of library processes. Quantification efforts by the national government agency and problems involved in such efforts are the subject of the next paper. Various methods that have been used to determine the future library requirements in support of undergraduate study are described, followed by a review of practical techniques for gathering management data, including methods which have already been tested in academic libraries in England. A proposal is made for a library science paradigm for the handling of subject matters in support of graduate study programs. Quantification problems with regard to school media programs are discussed with the contention that the definition of quality is more important than quantitative standards. The final paper, representing the user's standpoint, explores the difficult problems of defining the library service outcome. (Author/SL)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana State Univ., Terre Haute. Dept. of Library Science.