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Applying DEA Technique to Library Evaluation in Academic Research Libraries

Applying DEA Technique to Library Evaluation in Academic Research Libraries,Library Trends,Wonsik Shim

Applying DEA Technique to Library Evaluation in Academic Research Libraries   (Citations: 9)
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INCREASINGLY, their use of resources LIBRARIES ARE ASKED TO JUSTIFY in terms of producing meaningful services and impacts to the users and the parent organizations. This study applied an analytical technique called Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) to calculate the relative technical efficiency of ninety-five academic research libraries that are members of the Associa- tion of Research Libraries. Instead of providing the average performance among libraries, DEA, with the proper model of library inputs and outputs, can reveal the best practices in the peer groups, as well as the technical efficiency score for each library. The technique was applied to the librar- ies using the 1996 and 1997 ARL annual statistics. The study also reviews the applications of DEA technique in the library environment.
Journal: Library Trends - LIBT , vol. 51, no. 3, 2003
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