ERIC Number: ED417733
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Descriptive Statistical Techniques for Librarians. 2nd Edition.
Hafner, Arthur W.
A thorough understanding of the uses and applications of statistical techniques is integral in gaining support for library funding or new initiatives. This resource is designed to help practitioners develop and manipulate descriptive statistical information in evaluating library services, tracking and controlling limited resources, and analyzing data that supports a library's long-term goals. This second edition includes new examples based on actual situations. The book is divided into eight chapters: (1) "Introduction to Statistics;" (2) "Basic Methods for Data Analysis;" (3) "Data Comparisons in the Library Environment;" (4) "Presenting Numerical Data in Tables and Charts;" (5) "Measures of Central Tendency;" (6) "Measures of Variability;" (7) "Linear Regression and Correlation Analysis;" and (8) "Sampling Strategies and Tallying a Survey." Each chapter includes a self-assessment quiz with answers, and discussion questions and problems that have answers provided at the end of the book. Includes an index. (Contains 12 references.) (SWC)
Descriptors: Correlation, Data Interpretation, Libraries, Library Education, Library Research, Library Services, Library Statistics, Library Surveys, Numbers, Program Evaluation, Regression (Statistics), Research Methodology, Research Skills, Sampling, Spreadsheets, Statistical Analysis, Statistics, Use Studies
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: American Library Association, Chicago, IL.