Streamlining LIS Research
A Compendium of Tried and True Tests, Measurements, and Other Instruments
by Amy J. Catalano
June 2016, 193pp, 7x10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-4506-2
$75, £56, 63€, A108
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-4507-9
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This time-saving book serves librarians who require quick and effortless validation for their research. It is an essential resource that researchers will reach for time and time again.

This collection of the best library research instruments will help you to streamline efforts and save time when researching.

Surprisingly, instruction in library science rarely includes in-depth training on research methods, instrument selection, or test creation—leaving many librarians struggling when it comes to validating their own work. To bridge this gap, this professional’s guide houses the leading library research instruments in use for the past 15 years, providing one-page evaluations to help expedite your research validation. The work features a variety of tests—such as the Beile Test of Information Literacy for Educators, Project SAILS, and the Library Anxiety Scale—and contains full text of each test when available. You’ll learn essential details about the instrument, including the source, a description of its purpose, the development and validation of the test, its administrative procedure, and its psychometric properties where applicable.

The book begins with a chapter on evaluating tests and other instruments, followed by a primer on establishing validity and reliability. Throughout the work, you’ll tap into leading tests in the field, learn where they have been utilized, and gain access to contact information for the test authors. Topics covered include information literacy, library anxiety, service evaluation, services and library use, information-seeking behavior, and resource evaluation.

Features

  • Includes a primer for establishing validity and reliability
  • Offers full text of each test when available
  • Features a variety of tests, including the Beile Test of Information Literacy for Educators, Project SAILS, and the Library Anxiety Scale
  • Contains the most up-to-date versions of tests, a compilation of citations that have used the tools, and contact information for their authors
Amy J. Catalano is associate professor of library services and curriculum materials librarian at Hofstra University. Previously, she presented workshops for academic librarians on research methods and psychometric validation. Her published work includes ABC-CLIO's Collecting for the Curriculum: The Common Core and Beyond. Catalano is a member of the National Association of Psychometry, the American Library Association (ALA), and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), for which she serves on the Instruction for Educators Committee.
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