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Statistics in Practice - Measuring and Managing

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This volume presents the proceedings of an IFLA Satellite conference hosted by LISU and supported by the IFLA Statistics section. The emphasis throughout was very much on the practical applications of quantative and qualitative evaluations.

Patricia Layzell Ward’s introduction on the teaching of statistics in library schools across the world is followed by papers from the US, Netherlands and UK on academic library applications, with examples from the public library sector from the UK and Canada.

A paper on the application of sampling techniques in Germany is followed by two contributions on the measurement of e-resources, on project COUNTER and the ARL E-Metrics project. There are two further case studies, of academic libraries in the US, and John Sumsion concludes by giving his personal overview of library statistics. Developing skills in evaluation is important and an account of the workshop approach to this issue is included.

Following the presented papers are a series of shorter contributions, drawn from the poster session at the meeting. This gave a platform for delegates to demonstrate applications of statistics in their libraries, and a further opportunity for exchange of views. There is much that librarians and library managers can learn from the experiences of others, and this volume makes a valuable contribution to the dissemination of everyday work which so often goes unrecorded.

LISU Occasional Paper No. 32
ISBN 1901786528
Published May 2003 - pp 190 A4
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