Academic Libraries: The Dimensions of Their Effectiveness

Hardcover | March 1, 1994

byJoseph McDonald

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This book offers a completely new approach to the measurement of academic library effectiveness. Based on a significant empirical investigation, it contradicts established practices such as the measurement of outputs as indicators of effectiveness and the tendency to focus the evaluation of library effectiveness on the success of isolated activities. The book also explores in detail the fundamental inadequacy of library-based bibliographic instruction and information-seeking skills development. It argues that a student learns in order to become information literate and does not become information literate in order to learn. In so doing, it challenges much of the accepted wisdom in libraries and information technology.

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This book offers a completely new approach to the measurement of academic library effectiveness. Based on a significant empirical investigation, it contradicts established practices such as the measurement of outputs as indicators of effectiveness and the tendency to focus the evaluation of library effectiveness on the success of isola...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:March 1, 1994Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313272697

ISBN - 13:9780313272691

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.,."a very useful book. The authors should be commended for addressing one of the most perplexing issues facing libraries....their insights and observations are sure to assist library administrators and researchers in their efforts to understand and measure the effectiveness and impact of libraries."-Library & Information Science Research