Assessing Service Quality: Satisfying the Expectations of Library Customers, Third Edition

Assessing Service Quality: Satisfying the Expectations of Library Customers, Third Edition


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Academic and public libraries are continuing to transform as the information landscape changes, expanding their missions into new service roles that call for improved organizational performance and accountability. Since "Assessing Service Quality" premiered in 1998, receiving the prestigious Highsmith Library Literature Award, scores of library managers and administrators have trusted its guidance for applying a customer-centered approach to service quality and performance evaluation. This extensively revised and updated edition explores even further the ways technology influences both the experiences of library customers and the ways libraries themselves can assess those experiences. With a clear focus on real-world application, the authors

Challenge conventional thinking about the utility of input, output, and performance metrics by suggesting new ways to think about the evaluation and assessment of library services
Explain service quality and customer satisfaction, and demonstrate how they are separate but intertwined
Identify procedures for qualitatively and quantitatively measuring both service quality and satisfaction
Encourage libraries to take action by presenting concrete steps they can take to become more customer-centric
Offer a range of customer-related metrics that provide insights useful for library planning and decision making, such as surveys and focus groups

This book shows how to nurture an environment of continuous improvement through effective service quality assessment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780838913086
Publisher: ALA Editions
Publication date: 05/13/2015
Edition description: updated
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.49(d)

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