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ERIC Number: ED412969
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Planning for Action: Turning Meaningful Data into Programs and Promotion.
Howe, Eleanor; Stack, Jack; Rettig-Seitam, Marcia
This paper presents guidelines and tools for action research in the school library which will help the librarian justify expenditures and personnel and evaluate and plan services. It shows how statistics can be turned into meaningful knowledge about what is currently being done in the library, how well it is being done, whether it should be done, and what needs to be known to prepare for the future. The paper covers: what needs to be measured in school libraries; what can be measured; how to measure--types of data and measurement techniques; analyzing the data--quantitative and qualitative analysis; and reporting the data--who needs the data, what data should be reported, and how to report the data to a variety of audiences. All institutions, including libraries, need to assess their value and performance in order to justify funding. In an era of increased expenses and reduced funding, programs which are not highly rated can be deprived of even maintenance levels of funding, phased out, or placed on the ballot for referendum by taxpayers. Information technology has dramatically increased the budgets of school libraries, and school librarians need to demonstrate the real benefits of these technologies for students. Action research is a tool which can help to examine, report on, and improve the total school library program. (Author/SWC)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A