Developing a measure of library goodness

Gregory A. Crawford

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Objective - To discuss the theoretical design of a measure of library quality and value that could be used across functional areas of a library in order to justify and maximize the allocation of resources. Design - This theoretical article provides background on how to conceptualize and develop a quantitative measure of library goodness. Setting - The process delineated is applicable to any library, whether public, academic, or special. Subjects - The intended audience is library management, both at the director and the department head levels. Methods - The author provided examples and questions in the development of appropriate variables. Main Results - The author presented a discussion of potential variables. These variables include library capability and utilization. Conclusion - The article concluded with a discussion of the major desiderata for an effective measure of library goodness: appropriateness, informativeness, validity, reproducibility, comparability, and practicality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-117
Number of pages3
JournalEvidence Based Library and Information Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Library and Information Sciences


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