Librarians are not trained as original researchers during library school. As a result, librarians as authors may succumb to common statistical misconceptions and use errors, thus it is important for librarians to know how to recognize them. A quick discussion of what a researcher should be aware to avoid poor methods and inaccurate use of statistics is included. A review of statistics and research methods courses currently offered in library and information science programs helps determine if the lack of training observed in earlier studies has changed. A list of recommendations for authors and reviewers of LIS literature is presented.
statistics, librarians, LIS education, library and information science education
Date of this Version
Van Epps, Amy S., "Librarians and Statistics: Thoughts on a Tentative Relationship" (2012). Libraries Faculty and Staff Scholarship and Research. Paper 24.