"[V]ery substantial treatment of the question of how to measure and evaluate library services….The book is impressive in its breadth of coverage of this topic, in particular its discussion of the variety of types of evaluation and measurement….[A]dministrators of academic or public libraries will find much to benefit from in this book….Matthews provides a well-organized, well-documented discussion of the design and execution of studies to measure and evaluate library services as well as numerous examples of pitfalls and mistakes that should be avoided as one seeks to conduct these evaluations." - Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Resear
"This handbook on the evaluation and measurement of library services merits acclaim as the definitive work on the subject….[B]rims over with useful and detailed advice for library administrators seeking to measure the effectiveness of extant library policies and practices and to implement meaningful change when warranted. The book covers major areas of library evaluation and measurement strategies, along with providing invaluable bibliographical references and sample measurement instruments….The true strength of this book is the author's expansive knowledge of his subject. Not only does he raise significant questions, but he also provides valuable answers." - College & Research Libraries
"After a thorough discussion of methodology, Matthews devotes several chapters to particular aspects of library service, such as reference and interlibrary loan. Finally, he tells us how to use all the information we've gathered to make our case about the library's value to patrons and stakeholders and answer the most important question of all--what difference do we make?" - American Libraries
"This is a highly readable book. The writing is clear and concise and is accompanied by bullet lists, figures, and tables to summarize key points. The references at the end of each chapter provide the reader a set of excellent biographies. The book can serve as a textbook for those teaching introductory library evaluation and management, a selectable review for those seeking ideas for conducting an evaluation of specific services, or a reference tool for identifying sources and brief descriptions in response to questions about library evaluation and measurement." - Library & Information Science Research
"There is no longer any excuse for libraries to avoid evaluation of services. Matthews, a library school instructor and library service consultant, provides the tools and insight needed to make the job, if not easy, at least comprehensible and doable. Intended for managers in all types of libraries, plus library students needing an authoritative source of information, the book delivers practical advice and solid research on almost all aspect of evaluation, including quantitative and qualitative tools, data analysis, and specific recommendations for evaluating and measuring individual services. …Highly recommended." - Canadian Library Association
"Matthews provides useful overviews of several evaluation-related topics, pointing out potential lines of inquiry and pitfalls to avoid, as well as useful keywords and additional resources. With this book, busy librarians can quickly plan a project and gather the information they need to follow it through. …[L]ibrarians in all types of libraries should find this book a valuable addition to their professional toolkits." - Public Services Quarterly
About the Author
Joseph R. Matthews has assisted numerous libraries and local governments in a wide variety of projects, and teaches regularly in the areas of library information systems, strategic planning, and evaluation of library services.