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statistics and statistical methods


Academic Library Statistics (ACRL)

Provides recent statistical summaries for academic libraries in the areas of collections, expenditures, personnel, enrollment, etc.

ALISE Statistical Report and Database

From the Association for Library and Information Science Education, the "ALISE Statistical Report and Database is a compilation and analysis of statistical data and information about graduate library and information science education programs in ALISE Institutional members. This annual publication is now available on the web. . . . A copy of the questionnaire used for the last published edition is also available." -- Title page

ARL Statistics and Measurement Program

Serves "the objective of describing and measuring the performance of research libraries and their contribution to teaching, research, scholarship, and community service." -- Title page

ClickZ Stats & Demographics

"ClickZ is the largest resource of interactive marketing news, information, commentary, advice, opinion, research, and reference in the world, online or off-. From search to social, technology to trends, our coverage is expert, exclusive, and in-depth." - About us page

Data on the Net

Lists "850 Internet sites of numeric Social Science statistical data, data catalogs, data libraries, social science gateways, addresses and more." -- Title page

Free Resources for Program Evaluation and Social Research Methods

"This page lists FREE resources for methods in evaluation and social research. The focus is on "how-to" do evaluation research and the methods used: surveys, focus groups, sampling, interviews, and other methods. Most of these links are to resources that can be read over the web. A few, like the GAO books, are for books that can be sent away for, for free (if you live in the US), as well as read over the web." -- Title page

Internet Crossroads in the Social Sciences -- Data and Program Library Service

"Contains over 650 annotated links to data-related resources on the Internet." -- Title page

IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System): Academic Libraries

"The Academic Library Data files have the number and salaries of full-time equivalent staff, by position; circulation and interlibrary loan transactions; book and media collections; public service hours and number served; and operating expenditures by purpose. Data are collected in even-numbered years." -- Title page

Library and Information Science Statistics Tables

2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998 | 1997

"The main purpose of these statistics is to give a broad overall perspective of the Library and Information scene in the U.K." -- Title page

Library Research Service

Mission: "The Library Research Service (LRS) is a market-driven public-private partnership that generates research and statistics to inform decision-making in library and information management."

Goals: "To collaborate with clients to design and conduct research projects and supply the results."

Services: "Research design (secondary analysis of available data, questionnaire, interview, observation, focus group)." -- "About" page

Library Statistics Program -- National Center for Education Statistics

"Libraries represent an educational resource that is available to individuals regardless of age, social status, or educational background. In an effort to provide more complete information on this aspect of the education spectrum, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) initiated a formal library statistics program in 1989 that now includes surveys on academic libraries, federal libraries and information centers, public libraries, school library media centers, state library agencies, and library cooperatives. Information about each of these survey areas is available on this site." -- Title page

National Center for Education Statistics

A listing of statistical publications about libraries provided by the NCES are available by limiting searches to Library Statistics Program under the Survey/Program Area heading. Many are available electronically.


"NationMaster compiles statistics from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, United Nations, World Health Organization, World Bank, World Resources Institute, UNESCO, UNICEF and OECD." -- FAQ page

Office for Research and Statistics (ALA)

"The mission of the Office for Research and Statistics (ORS) is to provide leadership and expert advice to ALA staff, members, and public on all matters related to research and statistics about libraries, librarians, and other library stuff; represent the Association to Federal agencies on these issues; and initiate projects needed to expand the knowledge base of the field through research and the collection of useful statistics." -- Title page

Open Data Button

The Open Data Button is an experimental tool building on the Open Access Button. You will be able to download the Open Data Button on Chrome, and later on Firefox. When you need the data supporting a paper (even if it's behind a paywall), push the Button. If the data has already been made available through the Open Data Button, we'll give you a link. If it hasn't, you'll be able to start a request for the data." - About Us

Quantitative Data Analysis: An Introduction

Published by the United States General Accounting Office. "The paper aims to bridge the communications gap between generalist and specialist, helping the generalist evaluator be a wiser consumer of technical advice and helping report reviewers be more sensitive to the potential for methodological errors. Concepts are presented in a nontechnical way by avoiding computational procedures, except for a few illustrations, and by avoiding a rigorous discussion of assumptions that underlie statistical methods."

Rice Virtual Lab in Statistics

From David Lane, Associate Professor of Psychology, Statistics, and Administration at Rice University, this site provides an online statistics textbook, links to other statistics resources, simulations and demonstrations of statistical concepts, case studies, and free statistical analysis tools.

Statistics Every Writer Should Know

Lucid explanations in plain English of statistical concepts, including mean, median, percent, standard deviation, margin of error, confidence intervals, and data analysis.

StatSoft Electronic Textbook

For those needing greater depth, this very well-organized site offers more complex information on statistical concepts.

Useful Links Related to Statistics and Evaluation(IFLA)

Information resources on statistics, free software, performance measures, projects, tools and standards as well as links to international and national statistics for a number of countries. -- Title page

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