ERIC Number: ED463758
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Numeric Data Products and Services. SPEC Kit.
Cook, Michael N., Comp.; Hernandez, John J., Comp.; Nicholson, Shawn, Comp.
SPEC Kit, n263 Aug 2001
This SPEC (Systems and Procedures Exchange Center) Kit presents the results of a survey of Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member libraries. The survey addressed the following questions about numeric data (i.e., any information resource, print or non-print, with considerable numeric content) in academic libraries: (1) What relationships exist between libraries and other academic units that have responsibility for numeric data? (2) What are the principle sources for numeric data? (3) How much are libraries spending to acquire numeric data resources? (4) How much staff time are libraries devoting to numeric data? and (5) How do libraries evaluate their own performance regarding numeric data? The survey was divided into six topical areas: background; numeric data product collections; access to machine-readable numeric data products; staffing; budget; and evaluation of numeric data collections and services. A total of 66 of 121 ARL member libraries responded to the survey. A copy of the questionnaire with tabulated results is presented. Representative documents include collection policies, user guides, data service descriptions, job descriptions, and access policies from participating libraries. Selected resources, including books, journal articles, and World Wide Web sites are listed. (Contains 21 references.) (MES)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Access to Information, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Library Associations, Library Collection Development, Library Materials, Library Personnel, Library Services, Library Surveys, Numeric Databases, Questionnaires, Research Libraries
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