ERIC Number: ED382215
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Finance Data in the Public Library Statistics Program: Definitions, Internal Consistency, and Comparisons to Secondary Sources. Technical Report.
Bureau of the Census (DOC), Washington, DC. Governments Div.; National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
This report, the third in a series, contains the results of an evaluation of the definitions and internal consistency of the finance variables used in the Federal State Cooperative System Public Library Statistics (FSCS/PLS) program, and a comparison of the statistics collected for these variables to selected statistics from independent sources. Chapter 1 contains an evaluation of the definitions used for the operating income and expenditure variables and recommendations for enhancing the definitions. Chapter 2 is a comparison of the finance statistics in the FSCS/PLS to census bureau statistics on governments, state directories, a Public Library Association dataset, and federal library grant data. Chapter 3 provides an evaluation of the internal consistency of the following: definitions, financial statistics, operating income and operating expenditure variables, staffing and finance variables, finance variables alone, capital and operating expenditure, and collection expenditure and collection counts. Principal findings include the following: the reporting instruments used by the states to collect public library statistics show a remarkably high degree of conformity to the definitions for finance variables called for by the FSCS/PLS program; the FSCS/PLS finance variables are very consistent; the FSCS should clarify the objectives for reporting capital outlay; and FSCS/PLS program data on the finances of public libraries compare favorably to the statistics available from the limited number of other sources. Appendices provide a comparison of FSCS definitions of financial variables from 1990 through 1992, a description of methodology, a comparison of total operating income for public libraries, and a comparison of statistics on income from the Federal Government in 1991. Finance data is provided is 18 tables. (Contains 68 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of the Census (DOC), Washington, DC. Governments Div.; National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.