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ERIC Number: ED412911
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Survey Data on Your Desktop: The Future for Library Managers.
Coates, Renata G.; Fanshier, Marsha
The University of California San Diego (UCSD) Libraries User Survey was designed to have its results in machine-readable form. Library management, anticipating the need for detailed statistics for future decision making, required that the survey results be manipulatable by library managers. Responses to the 1996 use survey were solicited from three primary user categories: undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. The data is accessible through an interactive website, and allows universal access from any individual's desktop. The user survey website features: interactive query-based access from Web forms; formatted tables; analytical functionality including cross-tabs and graphing; and data file format export capabilities. Survey responses can be considered against a number of variables, including gender, year in school and major for students, and department and number of years at the university for faculty. The paper describes the design of HTML forms, output files, programming, and data application. The majority of the paper provides a detailed example of use of the survey data by a hypothetical branch manager assessing usage in relation to library hours. (Contains 12 references.) (SWC)
Electronic version: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/universe/coates.html
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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