Library and Information Science

Library and Information Science ISSN: 2435-8495
三田図書館・情報学会 Mita Society for Library and Information Science
〒108‒8345 東京都港区三田2‒15‒45 慶應義塾大学文学部図書館・情報学専攻内 c/o Keio University, 2-15-45 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan
Library and Information Science 39: 1-29 (1998)

原著論文Original Article

大学図書館効果の次元Dimensions of academic library effectiveness

慶鷹義塾大学大学院文学研究科図書館・情報学専攻Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Keio University ◇ 108-8345 東京都港区三田二丁目15番45号 ◇ Mita 2-15-45, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan

受付日:1999年7月16日Received: July 16, 1999
受理日:1999年10月20日Accepted: October 20, 1999
発行日:2000年1月30日Published: January 30, 2000

The objectives of this paper are to analyze the concept of academic library effectiveness commonly held by Japanese librarians and to compare it with its equivalents revealed by precedent studies in the U.S. and New Zealand. Questionnaires were mailed to Japanese academic librarians in September 1996. In the first phase of this mail survey, called ‘preference survey’, respondents were asked to indicate how important each of 100 indicators was for evaluating academic libraries in general. In the second phase, so-called ‘performance survey’, they were requested to assess how well their own libraries performed in terms of scope each indicator dealt with.

It was found that the most important criterion for Japanese librarians was whether or not a library sufficiently supported its users’ research and educational activities and that the most highly valued indicator was how well a library maintained the document delivery system to supply its users with materials not owned by the library. According to the orthogonal factor analysis of the responses obtained by the survey thirteen factors were extracted in the preference survey and eleven in the performance survey. Those factors are regarded to constitute the dimensions of Japanese academic library effectiveness.

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