ERIC Number: ED433038
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Coverage Evaluation of the Academic Library Survey.
Marston, Christopher C.
The Academic Libraries Survey (ALS) was established in 1966 to collect concise information on library resources, services, and expenditures for the entire population of academic libraries in the United States. The ALS is conducted every 2 years as a cooperative venture of the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. This report contains the results of an evaluation of coverage issues regarding the ALS. Its objectives are to determine the accuracy of coverage based upon the following five categories: (1) policy, i.e. survey organization, timeliness, and structure; (2) collecting library data, i.e. survey design/data elements; (3) universe of participants coverage; (4) field representation and quality of data collection, i.e. coordinator interviews; and (5) public versus private institution reporting. Suggestions are made to identify potential ways of improving the process of collecting academic library information. Appendices include the 1998 ALS and Consolidated Survey forms, code book for survey interview of library representatives, SAS program for data compilation of the survey interview of library representatives, and a list of unmatched academic library units. (AEF)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Data Collection, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Federal Programs, Higher Education, Interviews, Library Surveys, National Surveys, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Questionnaires, Research Design
U.S. Department of Education, ED Pubs, P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398; Tel: 877-433-7827 (Toll Free); Web site: http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/index.asp
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Bureau of the Census (DOC), Suitland, MD.
Note: Title page and recommended citation use "Academic Library Survey." Cover and text use "Academic Libraries Survey." Official name of survey appears to be "Academic Libraries Survey (ALS)."