ERIC Number: ED104408
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
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Library Operations Research.
Daiute, Robert J.; Gorman, Kenneth A.
Statistical sampling techniques for the measurement of book readership within libraries are described. The procedures, developed and initially implemented at Rider College, rely upon interviews of book readers inside the library rather than upon such indirect usage measures as which volumes are lift on tables for reshelving, or analyses of user opinion questionnaires. The fomulation of the statistical sample is considered, together with approaches to the analysis of sampling data. Among the potential extensions of the techniques are: (1) sampling the time utilization of library staff, (2) auditing library collections, and (3) analysis of curriculum and course impacts on library usage. Appendixes include the survey instruments used at Rider College, the FORTRAN computer programs used for data analysis, and references on work sampling in other contexts. (DGC)
Descriptors: College Libraries, Computer Programs, Libraries, Library Research, Library Surveys, Nonparametric Statistics, Operations Research, Sampling, Statistical Analysis, Statistical Data, Statistical Studies, Use Studies
Oceana Publications Inc., Dobbs Ferry, New York 10522 ($25.00)
Publication Type: Books
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Identifiers - Location: New York