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Evaluation of Library and Information Services

By: J Crawford

137 pages, no illustrations

The Association for Information Management

Paperback | Dec 2000 | Edition: 2 | #105991 | ISBN: 0851424430
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Appraisal of services is a key management issue in a quality-oriented environment. The second edition of this guide has been revised and provides an update to thinking about and reasons for evaluation in libraries in the UK. There is a new chapter on performance measurement for the electronic library. A chapter on quantitative methods summarises questionnaire design, discusses techniques like focus groups, suggestions boxes, diary and interview techniques. Problems arising from survey outcomes are summarised and long term evaluation and the relevance of benchmarking are discussed. The book concludes with relevant case studies of survey work and research and a discussion of possible future developments.


Introduction Reasons for evaluation Specific issues in evaluation 1. Identifying performance issues for evaluation Internal/local sources Published sources 2. Quantitative methods Questionnaires: for and against Some issues for study Specific points in questionnaire design Sampling Practical advice on sample sizes Questionnaire administration Analysing the data and presenting results 3. Qualitative methods Focus groups Suggestions boxes Diary techniques Interviewing Observation 4. Pitfalls and progress 5. Case studies and future developments Survey work in public libraries Academic libraries Special libraries Charters and service level agreements Service level agreements in higher education libraries Examples of relevant research projects An example of a fee-based service 6. Performance measurement for the electronic library Definitions What the electronic library does Users and usage Identifying performance issues and performance indicators Performance issues Equinox indicators The use of electronic services in practice Survey methods Outcomes and consequences The future 7. Further reading 8. List of organisations

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John Crawford is Library Research Officer at Glasgow Caledonian University where he is responsible for the evaluation of library services and directing and conducting research projects. He holds degrees from the universities of London and Strathclyde and obtained his Ph.D. from Glasgow Caledonian University in 1994. He has written or co-authored some 40 articles, conference papers and contributions to books. His interests include the evaluation of library services, performance measurement, copyright, the library and information needs of non-traditional students and the historical aspects of librarianship. He is active in professional affairs and is chairman of the Library History Group.

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