Statistics For Library Decision Making

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Overview

This handbook assists students in understanding statistics and the types of decisions that the selection of a test entails. At the same time the volume will assist a broad audience by reviewing the research process; by presenting fundamental statistical concepts and methods; by identifying writings on library management using statistical analyses; by discussing statistical applications to library management, decision making and problem solving; and by familiarizing library managers with statistical tables and analysis and graphics software. The purpose of this volume is to supplement statistical textbooks and to inform library managers and library school students about the application of selected statistical tests and the interpretation of statistical findings. This volume presents basic statistical and research concepts clearly. It is not intended as a textbook that identifies numerous statistical tests and merely details their computations. Rather, the book complements the pool of existing textbooks by placing selected statistical applications in the context of the research process and library decision.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Background-Research, Statistics, and Library Decision Making. Value of Library Administration Literature Conveying Research Findings

Microcomputer Applications

Basic Definitions and Concepts. The Desciptive Presentation of Data

Statistical Inference and Hypothesis Testing

The t-test, Mann-Whitney U Test, Chi-square Test of Independence, and Phi Coefficient

Correlation

Analysis of Variance, Regression, and Factor Analysis

Examples of Statistical Applications

Communication of Research Findings

Appendix A : Answers to Summary Questions

Appendix B: Statistical Analysis Software

Bibliography

Author Index

Subject Index

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