ERIC Number: ED102989
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-May-29
A Rough Approximation of the Relative Labor Effectiveness of the Book Acquisition and Cataloging Process at Three Public Libraries.
Applegate, H. C.
To gain some insight into the effectiveness of the Glendale Public Library Processing Section, it was decided to compare, with some very crude measures, the performance in the acquisition and cataloging areas of that library with that of the neighboring libraries of Pasadena and Burbank. A management consultant on the Glendale City Manager's staff visited Pasadena and Burbank and collected some elementary data from these libraries. Their staffing and basic organizational structure was determined. A detailed list of the functions performed at the Glendale Library was reviewed with each of the libraries, and differences in functional coverage were explored and noted. Statistics were also collected on the standardpublished measures of titles added, titles deleted, volumes added and withdrawn, and nonbook materials withdrawn. The analysis used consisted of an adjustment for functional differences, and then the standard statistics were divided by the total number of staff, to determine number of transactions per employee. Examination of the index data indicated that the effectiveness of all three libraries was very close to the same level. (Author)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Glendale Public Library, CA.