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ISBN-13: 978-1591586654 ISBN-10: 1591586658 Edition: 1st
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Editorial Reviews


• Helps academic libraries see themselves through the eyes of their patrons, institutions, and students

• Gives librarians access to more than proven 100 metrics for measuring accountability and service

• Clarifies the difference between benchmarking and best practices

• Offers the insights and experience of three of our most accomplished library scientists

• Offers a complementary, continually updated website that lets readers work hands-on with different metrics

• Includes a wide-ranging bibliography that goes beyond library and information science

• Provides appendices that summarize the text and illustrate the numerous metrics that are relevant to libraries

• Includes a comprehensive index that draws together diverse literature and terminology

"Dugan (Sawyer Library, Suffolk U., Ashburton, Massachusetts), Hernon (library and information science, Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts), and Nitecki's (Sterling Memorial Library, Yale U., Connecticut) text offers academic librarians a wide range of metrics for measuring library effectiveness and improving performance. Coverage includes key concepts and the relevant supporting literature; differentiating between assessment and evaluation; the perspectives of the library itself and of the parent institution, the customer, and the stakeholder; benchmarking and best practices; metrics for marketing and public relations; management information systems; and presenting, interpreting, and displaying metrics. Multiple appendices summarize the text and illustrate numerous metrics applicable to libraries. For academic and public library managers, graduate students in library and information science, the stakeholders served by libraries, and vendors supplying use data to libraries and consortia."


Reference & Research Book News

"This book is highly recommended. . . . It will be useful to library administrators and other decision makers choosing metrics to meet institutional demands for accountability, affordability, transparency, and student learning outcomes. . . . This book is recommended for academic libraries, public libraries, research libraries, consortia, and organizations that aim to provide quality information services."


Collection Management

"In this useful book, Dugan, Hernon and Nitecki offer colleagues an overview of the purpose and forms of metrics in libraries….Although particularly relevant to academic librarians, this book should prove very valuable to individuals in any type of library."


The Journal of Academic Librarianship

"Viewing Library Metrics from Different Perspectives is well worth the effort to acclimate to a brave new library language. Thus the authors succeed in making a convincing case for the merit of metrics in the administration of libraries."


College & Research Libraries

Book Description

Instruction support. Service provider. Information resource. The academic library plays multiple roles in the life of its parent institution. And how effectively it fulfills those roles can only be assessed by going beyond the basic measures of money spent and number of people served.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited; 1 edition (August 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591586658
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591586654
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joe Matthews on July 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
Anyone with just a bit of experience knows that judging a package by its outward appearance can be deceiving. A first glance at Viewing Library Metrics From Different Perspectives, which runs some 346 pages, might be a overwhelmed at the size of this tome. Yet, to ignore this wonderful book would be a real disservice to any reader who is interested in learning more about how performance measures or metrics can be used to manage and to convey the value of an academic or public library to interested stakeholders.
The first three chapters introduce key concepts and provide a wealth of information about the topic of assessment and evaluation. The true value of the book comes in the next six chapters which explores the library, its collections and services from four different perspectives: the customer in the life of the library, the customer and the library in the life of the institution, the library and the institution in the life of the customer, and the library and the institution in the life of stakeholders. This discussion is followed up with chapters that discuss benchmarking, metrics for marketing, the utilization of metrics and the "joy" of metrics. Rather than expecting the reader to be knowledgeable about statistics, this book explains various qualitative and quantitative ways to capture, analyze and present data in an easy-to-understand manner.
In an age when there are increasing calls for transparency and accountability for libraries and demands that managers move to evidence-based management and evidence-based librarianship, the choice and use of metrics becomes increasingly important.
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