Guide to Library User Needs Assessment for Integrated Information Resource: Management and Collection Development

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Dora Biblarz, Stephen Bosch, Chris Sugnet
Scarecrow Press, Jun 6, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 70 pages
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Applicable for all types of libraries. Needs assessment can be defined as the process of using one or more techniques to collect and analyze data on library users or potential users. The guide includes the methodology and techniques for carrying out needs assessment projects, ranging from short-term assessments to long-term research or comprehensive collection assessments. Various types of data, techniques, and methodology are described, as are associated pointers and pitfalls.

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A comprehensive and exhaustive guide to assessing library users information needs through the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data using surveys and other methods. Read full review


I The reasons for undertaking needs assessment defining the value of user assessments and the theory concerning user needs assessment ...
II The process for developing a needs assessment project
Types of assessment data that may be useful
IV Scenarios for user needs assessments
V Pointers and pitfalls
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Dora Biblarz is Associate Dean of TQS/Continuous Improvement at Arizona State University. Stephen Bosch is Information Access Librarian at University of Arizona. Chris Sugnet is Assistant Director for Collections at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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