ERIC Number: EJ885389
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
Changes in Library Technology and Reference Desk Statistics: Is There a Relationship?
Thomsett-Scott, Beth; Reese, Patricia E.
Public Services Quarterly, v2 n2-3 p143-165 2006
The incorporation of technology into library processes has tremendously impacted staff and users alike. The University of North Texas (UNT) Libraries is no exception. Sixteen years of reference statistics are analyzed to examine the relationships between the implementation of CD-ROMs and web-based resources and the number of reference questions. Gate counts and circulation statistics for recent years are also evaluated. Overall, reference statistics have been declining over the years under review. The introduction of CD-ROMs caused a rise in reference statistics for several years before the statistics decreased again. Moving the resources to a web-based format minimally affected the number of reference question numbers, although the rate of decline slowed. Gate counts are increasing in one of the libraries examined and circulation statistics are rising. Changes in gate and circulation numbers are due to factors such as increased student enrollment and increased library instruction rather than technology changes within the Libraries. (Contains 7 tables.)
Descriptors: Library Services, Reference Services, Interviews, Questioning Techniques, Content Analysis, Difficulty Level, Statistics, Evaluation Methods, Validity, Internet, Expectation, Influence of Technology, Online Systems, Enrollment, Library Instruction, Academic Libraries, Trend Analysis, Data Collection, Data Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Media Staff
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Identifiers - Location: Texas