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This, in turn, permits the library to deal more realistically with the problems and challenges facing it, and to plan constructively in the dynamic environment in which libraries now struggle to survive and prosper. , and David A. ” pp. 1–24 in Organizational Effectiveness: A Comparison of Multiple Models, eds. Kim S. Cameron and David A. Whetten. New York: Academic Press. ———, 1983b, “Some Conclusions About Organizational Effectiveness,” pp. 261–77 in Organizational Effectiveness: A Comparison of Multiple Models, eds.
It may also be the case that reliable results were produced but for some reason there was a failure to implement what was learned. These are very useful things to know prior to carrying out a new evaluation process. Consulting the Literature. ” Although the value of such reports is very focused, the reports are not without value, particularly if sufficient detail is provided to impart an understanding of how it was determined that doing things that way was truly good. It is impossible for every library to have a comprehensive collection of professional literature, but the advent of Web-based research and reference databases, document delivery services, and fax machines makes effective consultation of the professional literature much more available than ever before.
The costs of evaluation need to be anticipated and included in budget decisions. Evaluation costs fall into two basic categories: direct costs and indirect costs. Direct Costs. Direct costs are tangible, obvious, and usually fairly easy to anticipate and budget. Although there will probably be some ancillary expenditures for materials and consumables required for the project, the dominant category of direct costs for evaluation is administrative and staff time. It is advisable to require staff to record time spent on special activities related to evaluation as a means of tracking evaluation costs.