Evaluation And Library Decision Making

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Evaluation, which is a critical component of the planning process, assesses the effectiveness and efficiency of library programs and services in the context of stated goals and objectives. This book views evaluation as a type of research study in which evaluators collect either research or management data. Chapters discuss steps of the evaluation process and provide practical examples of the application of these steps to specific library problems.

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Overview

Evaluation, which is a critical component of the planning process, assesses the effectiveness and efficiency of library programs and services in the context of stated goals and objectives. This book views evaluation as a type of research study in which evaluators collect either research or management data. Chapters discuss steps of the evaluation process and provide practical examples of the application of these steps to specific library problems.

The overall objectives of the volume are to introduce readers to the relationship between planning and evaluation; to discuss the components of an evaluation study in clear prose so that readers can easily understand the different steps; to foster an attitude that recognizes the importance of evaluation for the development of library programs and services; to offer examples of each component of the evaluation process; to identify writings on evaluation in libraries and information centers; and to encourage organizational change and underscore the importance of evaluation to library decision making.

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Text/reference for library school students and practicing librarians focuses on the entire evaluation process from the perspective of library and information centers. The volume views evaluation as a research activity essential for appraising the utility of library programs and services and for providing feedback for organization planning and change. Acidic paper. Paper edition (unseen), $24.50. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Preface

Evaluating Library and Information Services

Overview of the Evaluation Process

Exploiting the Literature on Evaluation

The Steps in Conducting an Evaluation Study

Evaluating Designs and Data Collection Techniques

Sampling

Improving the Evaluation Process with a Library Management Information System

Importance of Performance Measures in the Evaluation Process

Evaluation of Library Reference Services. Sample Topic: Interlibrary Loan Analysis as a Collection Development Tool (By Barbara Klein)

Sample Topic: Student Nonuse of Library Literature on CD-ROM (By Elizabeth H. Murray)

Communication of Study Findings

Barriers to Evaluation-The Political Context

Organiztional Change

Bibliography

Author Index

Subject

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