American National Standard for Library and Information Sciences and Related Publishing Practices - Library Statistics
ANSI Z39.7-1968 (R1974)
Thursday, 05 May 1983
This revised standard provides categories and definitions for national reporting on libraries and concepts and measures for state, local, and specialized use, and for library research, in order to promote the exchange of information about libraries. It provides mutually exclusive categories in most cases, so that detailed breakdowns used within individual libraries can be aggregated to provide totals and to report at state and national levels. The same categories of data are used for all types of libraries, with few exceptions. For all categories of resources (input) to be reported, appropriate measures of use (output) are described. They include reference service, database searches, bibliographic instruction, outreach services, media services, and number of hours and of users of all facilities and services. Library materials in all formats are to be reported on a basis comparable with that for reporting books, and collection size is measured in both physical and intellectual units. Comparable units are specified for comparable intellectual resources in several different formats including microform, audiovisual, and machine-readable. Means are provided to account for income and expenditures in cash and in kind, separately, and indexes of library support appropriate to each major type of library are given. Cooperative organizations and bibliographic utilities are reported as part of the library environment, and access to computer services is surveyed. Personnel resources are to be reported by function as well as category. Sampling is the regular means of gathering certain types of data, and sampling methods are described.
Business Information Topic Committee
Z39.7 Standing Committee
ANSI/NISO Z39.7-2004 supersedes this version.
Superseded by 2004 revision.
ANSI Z39.7-1983, American National Standard for library and information sciences and related publ...