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The development of self‐assessment tool‐kits for the library and information sector

Kathryn Jones (Department of Information Science, Loughborough University Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3TU)
Margaret Kinnell (Department of Information Science, Loughborough University Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3TU)
Bob Usherwood (Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN)

Journal of Documentation

ISSN: 0022-0418

Article publication date: 1 April 2000

Abstract

The article considers methodological issues which arose in undertaking a two‐year British Library funded research project – Assessment Tools for Quality Management in Public Libraries – jointly managed by the Department of Information Science, Loughborough University and the Department of Information Studies, Sheffield University and discusses the principal findings. The aim of the research was to assess the potential of and then to develop and evaluate self‐assessment techniques for the public library and information sector. The authors argue that by using an action research methodology they were best able to produce a self‐assessment toolkit which matched the needs of public library services. Using evidence drawn from three case study library authorities and the literature, the authors go on to suggest that whilst self‐assessment can have a role to play in the evaluation of library and information services, there is a real need to tailor and adapt tools to reflect specific service cultures and experience.

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Jones, K., Kinnell, M. and Usherwood, B. (2000), "The development of self‐assessment tool‐kits for the library and information sector", Journal of Documentation, Vol. 56 No. 2, pp. 119-135. https://doi.org/10.1108/EUM0000000007111

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