What Do ABA, ARL, and NCES Want to Know; a Crosswalk
Mila Rush, February 2001
In an effort to take an inventory of the questions that
the American Bar Association (ABA), the Association of Research Libraries
(ARL), and the National Center for Education Statistics (IPEDS) ask in the
areas of Collections/Resources and Information Access in libraries, and where
these questions roughly overlap, I'm presenting this crosswalk in two tables.
I say roughly, because the definitions and parameters vary among the three.
The immediate purpose of the exercise is to aid those
responding to the survey being conducted for the Academic SIS Statistics
Roundtable of 2000-2001. A second reason is to look closely at overlapping
(between/among the three) elements and possibly reduce statistics-taking.
A possible third and an over-reaching outcome could be harmonization among
these agencies in what they ask for, how they define things, and what the
parameters of each question are.
The questionnaires used are the following:
- ABA:2000 Annual Questionnaire, Part 3 - Library,
- ARL:Academic Law Library Statistics Questionnaire,
- IPEDS:1998 Academic Libraries Survey - collected
on even-numbered years