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Powell, Ronald R.

Works: 21 works in 200 publications in 2 languages and 6,578 library holdings
Genres: FAQs  Case studies  Use studies 
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Most widely held works by Ronald R Powell
Basic research methods for librarians by Ronald R Powell( Book )

78 editions published between 1974 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 2,139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Most library post-graduate programs teach research methods using generic research methods textbooks. However, this ground-breaking textbook covers the basic research methodologies likely to be used by librarians with an orientation to library issues. It also includes basic instructions on writing the research proposal and the research report
The next library leadership : attributes of academic and public library directors by Peter Hernon( Book )

9 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This much needed work addresses a topic of increasing importance and urgency: the shortage of individuals attracted to professional careers in librarianship, and the subsequent consequences for leadership positions, particularly library directorship. Through extensive interviews and a thorough review of the existing, literature, the authors - all highly respected for their exceptional leadership and contributions to library science - assess what constitutes effective leadership and identify the traits needed by the next generation of academic and public library directors. An important contribution to the field of library and information science, this study is essential reading for anyone in the profession."--Jacket
Success in answering reference questions : two studies by Frances Benham( Book )

11 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Qualitative research in information management by Jack D Glazier( Book )

11 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Convergence and collaboration of campus information services by Peter Hernon( Book )

8 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is ideal for anyone interested in how academic libraries can be more closely tied to the various missions of the colleges/universities in which they reside
The relationship of library user studies to performance measures : a review of the literature by Ronald R Powell( Book )

12 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An investigation of the relationship between reference collection size and other reference service factors and success in answering reference questions by Ronald R Powell( )

14 editions published between 1976 and 1978 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The application of performance measures in a sample of Illinois public libraries by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign( Book )

6 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sixty-six public libraries selected by random sample, substitutions and participation requests, tested Rutgers University 1970 Performance Measures Manual to gather information on the evaluation and improvement of public libraries. Selection was based on geographic location and budget categories. Following instructions for manual's use at workshops, participating libraries conducted a 3-day study, tabulated and summarized the resulting data. The Library Research Center prepared and sent a computerized profile of each library's scores and comparison statistics as well as questionnaires for feedback on the study. Most participating libraries were capable of conducting the study and summarizing data; most found reasonably clear with the instructions sufficiently easy to follow. Some questioned the manual's relevance and validity for small libraries. The research center found the manual useful in providing data, but was disappointed in its traditional approach. They suggested research be done to refine the manual for use by small libraries. Also mentioned was the need for more detailed instructions, more subjective-type measures and follow-up activities for feedback. (Kp)
Adult public library use and reading as influenced by childhood socialization factors by Ronald R Powell( Book )

4 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study was undertaken to investigate the relative importance of childhood experiences in determining adult reading and public library use. Data were gathered via a nationally representative telephone interview conducted by the Survey Research Center of the University of Michigan. The interview contained 25 questions relating to current reading habits, library use during the previous year, and childhood experiences related to reading and library use for the respondent and the respondent's parents. In addition, demographic data were obtained from the respondents. Based on usable responses obtained from 342 persons (95% of the persons interviewed), it was determined that heavy library users and readers were not unlike those characterized by earlier studies. A substantial number of childhood variables did prove to have statistical relationships with reading and library use. The results clearly indicated the importance of social learning and parents as primary agents in the development of reading and library habits. Childhood factors were in general more powerful predictors of both reading and library use than demographic factors. A list of 22 related references and 11 tables of survey results are included in the report. (Author/ESR)
Basic research methods for librarians by Ronald R Powell( )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Measurement and evaluation of public library services by Lucille M Wert( Book )

3 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Illinois project entitled Measurement and Evaluation of Public Library Services is being conducted by the Library Research Center (lrc) at the University of Illinois. The long range goal of the project is to make available meaningful information for the evaluation and improvement of local public libraries. Two immediate objectives are to test the Public Library Association (pla) performance measures manual in a representative sample of Illinois public libraries of various sizes and to teach a sample of library personnel the data collection techniques necessary for applying the pla performance measures. Since operating expenditures proved to be the significant variable related to library size, public libraries were stratified by operating budget for the four areas of the state, and a random sample drawn. The lrc staff held six workshops to teach the pla procedures to staff from the library systems and from the selected public libraries. Trainees were then asked to conduct a three-day performance measures study in their own library, tabulate their data, and send the results to the lrc, along with comments on the manual. When all of the data is received, the lrc will create individual library profiles and establish performance levels for libraries of each budget level. (Author/SL)
University library directors in the association of research libraries: the next generation, part one by Peter Hernon( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Using multiple means of data collection, this study identifies the attributes that present and future directors of the academic libraries in the Association of Research Libraries need to possess. Present-day directors must possess a wide variety of attributes and are less likely to remain in the same position for as many years as their predecessors did. With the aging population of academic librarians, matching the right individual with the right institution is likely to be increasingly difficult in the future
Basic reference manual : a self-study manual by Margaret Taylor( Book )

1 edition published in 1990 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The Relationship of Library User Studies to Performance Measures: AReview of the Literature. Occasional Papers Number 181 by Ronald R Powell( Book )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Arguing that user studies and performance measures provide two major approaches to evaluating the effectiveness of library services, this occasional paper presents an overview of the literature, examines the goals and approaches in user studies and performance measures, and provides suggestions for increasing the potential benefits of both by combining the two techniques. The resulting approach--performance measures based on user studies--is then discussed in terms of data collection, possible benefits, and limitations. It is concluded that: (1) valid procedures, I.E., measures that actually measure what they purport to measure, must be utilized by libraries to adequately evaluate their services; (2) libraries should be most concerned with measuring their ultimate product, performance or effectiveness, based on user data such as satisfaction; (3) a real need exists for libraries to be accountable for the effectiveness of their services; and (4) user-oriented performance measures provide a valid evaluation technique. (A 181-item reference list concludes the document.) (Cgd)
Basic Research Methods for Librarians, Fifth Edition by Lynn Silipigni Connaway( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Addressed to practicing librarians and other information professionals, as well as master's and doctoral students in LIS programs, Basic Research Methods for Librarians, Fifth Edition specifically covers the research methodologies likely to be used by librarians, providing guidance on designing and conducting research and publishing research results. ||Like its predecessors, this fifth edition is exceptionally comprehensive. Content has been thoroughly updated and sections have been added on social networking and other web-based research methods and techniques. The book emphasizes quantitative research, including survey and experimental studies. It also gives attention to qualitative research, including historical research. A chapter is devoted to the statistical analysis of research results. Evaluation, writing, and publishing of research reports are considered as well. Coauthored by distinguished researchers in library and information science, the book also includes contributions from experts on qualitative research, domain assumptions of research, and sampling
Impact assessment of university libraries( )

1 edition published in 1995 in Undetermined and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The next library leadership : attributes of academic and public library directorsQualitative research in information managementConvergence and collaboration of campus information services