Statistics Crosswalk

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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, revised 06/09/00
  • ARL:Academic Law Library Statistics Questionnaire, 1999-2000
  • IPEDS:1998 Academic Libraries Survey - collected on even-numbered years