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Managing and Analyzing your Collection
A Practical Guide for Small Libraries and School Media Centers
Book News Calculations and formulas are presented to help librarians gather statistics for analysis and management of the collection. Using measures of timeliness, relevancy, use percentages, user profiles, and comparisons, librarians can determine in quantitative ways the quality of a library's collection. Step-by-step directions show how to analyze data produced by automated systems, conduct random sampling, evaluate all types of information formats, and estimate the cost of updating the collection. Doll teaches in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Wayne University. Barron teaches in the Department of Library and Information Studies at the University of North Carolina. There is no subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Blackwell North Amer If you can follow a cookbook, you can use these simple "recipes" - calculations, formulas, and measurements - to come up with statistics for analysis and management of your collection. Using measures of timeliness, relevancy, use percentages, user profiles, and comparisons, you can determine in quantitative ways the quality of your library's collection. From there, you can communicate its value to your customers and that's the name of the game! These time-tested, step-by-step directions show even the most math-phobic how to: gather and analyze data produced by automated systems; conduct a random sampling using one of three easy-to-execute methods; evaluate all types of information formats including books, videos, periodicals, and CD-ROMs; provide hard evidence to decision makers; improve collections with smart weeding to make way for new acquisitions; and estimate the cost of updating your collection.