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Efficiency in the Provision of Library Services Using Data Envelopment Analysis

  • Journal of the Korean Society for Library and Information Science
  • 2005, 39(1), pp.221-239
  • Publisher : 한국문헌정보학회
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Library and Information Science

Kim Sun Ae 1

1경성대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper asesses the relative efficiency of public library s ervices by examining the relationship between library inputs and library outputs in library systems. Using Data Envelopment Analysis, this study derives efficiency scores in the provision of librar Seoul. The data are survey observa tions for 2002. We employ tot al holdings, total serials, and total acquisitions as inputs, and total circulations and reader visit s as outputs. The result shows that the could be reduced by one-three without sacrificing output if all libraries were as efficient as the be nchmark 4 identified by DEA. Too many total collections are the main source of inefficiency.

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