CHAPTER FOUR
ANALYSIS OF DATA

Data will be analyzed using descriptive statistics. The statistics will represent both percentages and frequency. The data will be presented in a series of pie charts and bar graphs.

The first figure will present data users of music libraries by category in the form of a pie chart. Conclusions will be drawn from this information regarding the composition of the accidental sample and its relationship to the need for thematic indexing.

Figure 1

Figure 2 will show the instrument families in which respondents indicate at least some skill. The information presented in figure 2 will be used to form conclusions regarding the appropriate user input methods for thematic searching.

Figure 2

The third figure will indicate current usage of the materials and services of music libraries. This figure will be used to make judgements regarding the amount of use of scores and recordings, the types of materials most appropriate for thematic indexing, and its relationship to the use of all music library materials.

Figure 3

Figure 4 will show in bar chart form data regarding the current availability and the desirability of thematic indexing. This figure will show how much thematic indexing is being used now, if at all, and users' satisfaction with it. Conclusions regarding the future provision of thematic indexing services will also be based on this figure.

Figure 4

Figure 5 will show the frequency of use of the computerized catalog and printed thematic indexes. Conclusions will be formed regarding the level of acceptance of the online catalog among music research library users and the potential amount of use of online thematic indexing.

Figure 5

The total count of the current and anticipated use of electronic resources which relate to thematic indexing will be shown in bar chart form in figure 6. The levels of use of MIDI and other digital representations of music will be used to form conclusions regarding users' knowledge of input and output mechanisms appropriate for thematic indexing. Usage of word processing, database, and statistical software will indicate users' general acceptance of technology as well as knowledge of the tools for manipulation of the data returned by a thematic search.

Figure 6

The last figure will show the amount of user interest in the functions of thematic indexing. Figures 6 and 7 will influence conclusions regarding the form of online thematic indexing to be made available as well as anticipated uses.

Figure 7

Responses to survey questions with an open-ended design, questions 4-5, 7, and 9, and any additional comments provided by respondents will be analyzed and presented in narrative form.

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