ERIC Number: ED424302
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Coverage Evaluation of the 1994 Federal Libraries and Information Centers Survey. Technical Report.
Curry, John; Kindel, Carrol
This report contains the results of an evaluation of coverage issues regarding the 1994 Federal Libraries and Information Centers Survey. The objectives of this evaluation were to determine the accuracy and completeness of the final survey frame and to analyze the criteria used to classify federal library facilities as in-scope and out-of-scope. The report also points our areas for potential improvement in data collection and processing. The 1994 Federal Libraries and Information Centers Survey (FLICS) was the first statistical measurement of this group of library facilities since 1978. The first phase was to create a universe of all possible survey candidates. Nearly two-thirds of the original universe file was ruled out-of-scope, and over 38% of these were purposely excluded from the final survey frame. Comparing other library directories to the FLICS universe resulted in a match rate of nearly 90%. Problems were observed in the definition of "federal" library. Overall, the lack of alternative sources and corroborative data means that completeness and accuracy of survey responses, and therefore of the final survey frame, cannot be determined. Recommendations are made to alleviate these problems, re-examining the federal universe. Six appendixes contains lists of different categories of libraries considered for the survey frame. The survey form is included. (Contains 15 tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.; Bureau of the Census (DOC), Suitland, MD.