Beyond 2000: Books, Bytes, and Beginnings


Appendix E


Report on Customer Service, Compact with Texans, and Customer-related Performance Measures

Report on Customer Service

Inventory of External Customers

Strategy

Customer Group

Est. Size

A.1.1 State agencies and depository libraries included
A.1.1 Public library customers for resource sharing services included
A.1.2 Texas public libraries 531
A.1.2 Texans who may use public libraries 12,853,312
A.1.3 Texas public libraries included
A.1.3 Staff of public libraries 5,820
A.1.3 Public library boards & Friends officers 5,310
A.1.3 Staff of Texas academic libraries included
A.1.3 Staff of other libraries 5,013
A.1.3 Non-public libraries 380
A.1.4 TexShare academic libraries 150
A.1.4 Students and faculty at Texas colleges & universities 959,358
A.1.4 TexShare public libraries included
A.1.4 Public library customers for TexShare services included
A.2.1 Persons eligible for Talking Book services 278,530
B.1.1 Genealogists 1,000,000
B.1.1 Travis County state employees 55,600
B.1.1 Other researchers 700,000
C.1.1 Local governments 8,800
C.1.1 State agencies 158
C.1.1 Local government records personnel 26,400
C.1.1 State agency records personnel 1,000
     
  Totals 15,900,362

Note: Since some customer groups are served by more than one strategy, the number of customers in the inventory was only assigned to the strategy that served the most customers in FY1999; amounts that would be duplicative are shown as "included."

Service Descriptions

Strategy

Services

A.1.1 Library resource sharing services are provided: interlibrary lending is funded for public libraries; databases are provided for public libraries; state publications are distributed for state agencies, to depository libraries.
A.1.2 The Texas Library System serves over 500 public libraries with a wide variety of services and programs; the strategy is considered to provide services to both libraries and the people who use public libraries.
A.1.3 In aiding local libraries, services are primarily provided to librarians and other staff working in libraries; services are also provided to those who advise and assist the local public libraries. Services include discretionary grants, training, technical assistance, and distribution of the Texas Reading Club program.
A.1.4 The TexShare program serves academic and public libraries with a variety of services and programs; the strategy is considered to provide services to both the libraries and the people who use these libraries.
A.2.1 The Talking Book Program may only serve people who are certified to meet the eligibility criteria specified by the Library of Congress' National Library Service Program. To be eligible, a person must be incapable of reading or holding a "normal" printed book.
B.1.1 In this strategy, the agency provides reference, and information services by managing the Reference/Documents collection, the Genealogy collection, and the State Archives collection in Austin and in Liberty. Services are provided to family history researchers, state employees, and other researchers.
C.1.1 This strategy assists state and local governments in managing their records. Employees of these governmental units are trained and provided technical assistance.

 

Information-Gathering Methods

All data reported regarding customer satisfaction is from data that was collected during the agency's normal course of business. Libraries and librarians were surveyed to determine their satisfaction with the services they received.

  • Each significant workshop the agency conducts ends with an evaluation form; participants are asked a number of questions regarding their opinion of the training, including, "Overall, I considered this workshop to be." They score their answers on a scale from 1 (low) to 7 (high).
  • Talking Book users are surveyed toward the end of the second year of the biennium, as are agencies and local governments receiving records management or imaging services.
  • Public libraries are surveyed for their opinion of the Reading Club program materials. Academic libraries are asked their opinion of the TexShare program and services.
  • Researchers who ask reference questions are surveyed on sample days regarding whether or not they were satisfied with the answer(s) they received; this is done with a "yes/no" question.

While libraries were not surveyed regarding their opinion of the services of the Texas Library System, the interlibrary loan program, or the State Publications Clearinghouse, surveys of these services will be conducted toward the end of the current biennium.

Customer Satisfaction

Table 1: Percent of Customers Satisfied

Division (Strategy)

# Not Satisfied

# Satisfied

Total

% Satisfied

ARIS


(B.1.1)
11 578 589 98.1%
LD


(A.1.2 & A.1.3)
83 896 979 91.5%
LRS


(A.1.1 & A.1.4)
2 73 75 97.3%
SLRM


(C.1.1)
18 575 593 97.0%
TBP


(A.2.1)
41 539 580 92.9%
Totals 155 2,661 2,816 94.5%

 

Table 2: Percent Customers identifying ways to improve service delivery

Division (Strategy)

# Responding

# identifying

% identifying

ARIS


(B.1.1)
589 36 6.1%
LD


(A.1.2 & A.1.3)
728 100 13.7%
LRS


(A.1.1 & A.1.4)
98 37 37.8%
SLRM


(C.1.1)
716 110 15.4%
TBP


(A.2.1)
N / A N / A  
Totals 2,131 283 13.3%

 

Table 3: Number of Customers Surveyed Table 4: Cost per Customer Surveyed

Division (Strategy)

# Surveyed

 

Estimated cost

Unit cost

ARIS


(B.1.1)
712   $1,234 $1.73
LD


(A.1.2 & A.1.3)
1,699   $2,926 $1.72
LRS


(A.1.1 & A.1.4)
150   $418 $2.78
SLRM


(C.1.1)
4,689   $2,040 $0.44
TBP


(A.2.1)
2,000   $744 $0.37
Totals 9,250   $7,362 $0.80

 

Table 5: Customers Served, Customers Identified, and Customer Groups Inventoried

Division (Strategy)

Number of Customers Served

Number of Customers Identified

Number of Customer Groups Inventoried

ARIS


(B.1.1)
43,000 1,755,600 3
LD


(A.1.2 & A.1.3)
2,686,328 12,870,366 5
LRS


(A.1.1 & A.1.4)
192,022 959,508 2
SLRM


(C.1.1)
15,706 36,358 4
TBP


(A.2.1)
20,841 278,530 1
Totals 2,957,897 15,900,362 15

 

Analysis of Findings

Almost 95 percent of the customers of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission are satisfied with the services they receive. About 13 percent made suggestions for improvement. A total of 9,250 customers were asked their opinion of the agency services. Of these, 2,816 responded in a meaningful way, and over 2,660 indicated some level of satisfaction.

While the 9,250 surveyed represents only 0.3 percent of the total served, there would be significant problems in surveying the general public who use public and academic libraries across the state. Because programs that serve these customers provide their services to or through the public and academic libraries, it would be almost impossible for the agency's services to be differentiated from the local library's services. Should we ask a library user their opinion of the services, the answer would reflect what they thought of the staff, resources, and facilities provided by that community or college, which are generally outside our scope of control. We seek the opinions of the librarians, with the expectation that their level of satisfaction will be representative of their patrons' satisfaction. Therefore, excluding the general public served, we surveyed 11.6 percent of the customers we served.

The customer opinions were gathered as part of the standard, ongoing evaluation of agency services; this process focuses on an assessment of the customer's overall satisfaction of the service, rather their specific opinions of the facilities, staff, communications, Internet site, complaint-handling process, service timeliness and printed information. Some of these (e.g., facilities, complaint-handling process) are not particularly relevant or pertain to a very small number of customers. While we will attempt to gather information on the other service quality elements in future surveys, we will limit the questions asked, to increase the likelihood of receiving a meaningful response from the maximum number of customers.

We anticipate the estimated performance for fiscal year 2000 will be similar to the 1999 results.

Customer Service Representative

The customer service representative for the State Library is Edward Seidenberg, Assistant State Librarian. He is located in Room 205 of the Lorenzo State Library and Archives Building (1201 Brazos St, Austin, Texas). He may be reached by writing: PO Box 12927, Austin, Texas 78711-2927; or deputydirector@tsl.texas.gov; by phone at 512-463-5460; or by fax at 512-463-5436.

 

Compact with Texans

Introduction

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is a state agency that provides a wide variety of informational, library, archival, and records management services. We serve a diverse customer base of individuals, along with state and local agencies and institutions.

Services of the State Library and Archives Commission

  • Grant funding, technical assistance, and continuing education support for the establishment, expansion, and improvement of public library services statewide
  • Technical assistance for state and local records managers
  • Recorded books and magazines for Texans who are blind or physically handicapped
  • Safe, economical storage of print and electronic records for state agencies
  • Preservation of historically significant state records and documents
  • Access to state and federal government documents
  • Access to specialized genealogical materials
  • Support for interlibrary cooperation and resource sharing programs among all types of libraries.

Service Principles and Goals

The State Library and Archives Commission is dedicated to the highest standards of customer service. The Library regularly tests customer satisfaction with services and the manner in which services are delivered, and make improvements based on customer feedback.

Service Objectives and Standards

We endeavor to respond to 90 percent of customer requests for technical or reference assistance within three workdays. When requests require research or in-depth investigation for longer than twenty work days, we try to inform the customer of the anticipated timeframe. Due to the volume of requests and staffing limitations, requests for copies of Confederate Pension Applications, Texas Adjutant General Service Records, or similar archival documents may take as long as 4 to 10 weeks for processing.

Information, Suggestion and Complaint Process

The Library and Archives Commission welcomes all requests for information and suggestions. We will provide a timely response to complaints. Feedback or comments made anonymously will also be valued and taken into consideration.

Suggestions or requests for information may be submitted in person, by telephone, by e-mail, or in writing to the Customer Service Representative or to any unit of the agency. When appropriate, the suggestion and any follow-up will be acknowledged.

The agency's formal complaint procedures are detailed in the Texas Administrative Code (Title 13, Section 2.25). These complaints will be acknowledged within five working days, and a written response will be provided within twenty working days.

Informal complaints regarding the Commission's services, staff, or facilities may be directed to our Customer Service Representative.

Customer Service Representative:

Edward Seidenberg, Assistant State Librarian


1201 Brazos Street, Austin, Texas


P.O. Box 12927, Austin, Texas 78711-2927


Phone: 512-463-5460 Fax: 512-463-5436


E-mail: deputydirector@tsl.texas.gov

 

Customer-Related Performance Measures

Percentage of Surveyed Customer Respondents Expressing


Overall Satisfaction with Services Received

Short Definition

This is the percentage of people who thought they received overall satisfactory customer services from the State Library, as indicated by their response to survey questions.

Purpose / Importance

This is a required measure.

Source /

Collection of Data

Periodic surveys of customers are done by all divisions that provide a direct service to one of our customer groups. These surveys may be designed to gather satisfaction levels either on one particular service, or on a more broad range of services.

All surveys will ask the customer to answer the question: "Overall, I considered this service to be." (wording may be altered to reflect the service being evaluated).

Other questions may be asked on the survey, but only this question will be used to calculate the score for this measure.

A survey will be conducted at the end of each major workshop training seminar conducted or sponsored by the agency. Each division that provides a direct service to a customer group will conduct a customer satisfaction survey at least once each biennium. Certain projects may also conduct surveys to evaluate satisfaction.

Method of Calculation

At the end of each survey, the staff member responsible for that survey will submit a report to the agency customer service representative.

While some surveys will allow a "yes/no" answer, others will ask for an opinion on a 1-to-7 scale. Scores of 1-4 will indicate non-satisfaction, and scores of 5-7 will indicate satisfaction.

Those surveys submitted by staff of this agency (e.g., as a participant in a workshop or the recipient of other customer service) will not be included in the scoring.

Data Limitations

Respondents may mark more than one score on the question (these will be considered non-respondents); surveys may not be submitted by all participants; surveys could be lost prior to tabulation; respondents may score the service inconsistently from question to question.

Calculation Type

Cumulative

New Measure

Yes

Desired Performance

Higher than target

.

Percentage of Surveyed Customer Respondents Identifying


Ways to Improve Service Delivery

Short Definition

This is the percentage of people who thought of ways to improve the customer services delivered by the State Library, as indicated by their response to survey questions.

Purpose / Importance

This is a required measure.

Source /

Collection of Data

Periodic surveys of customers are done by all divisions that provide a direct service to one of our customer groups. These surveys may be designed to gather satisfaction levels either on one particular service, or on a more broad range of services.

Surveys will include a question: "I suggest the following improvements in the services of the State Library ." (wording may be altered to reflect the service being evaluated).

Other questions may be asked on the survey, but only this question will be used to calculate the score for this measure. This survey will be conducted with the same methodology specified for the previous measure.

Method of Calculation

At the end of each survey, the staff member responsible for that survey will submit a report to the agency customer service representative.

The report will indicate total the number of persons who made responses to this question; the report will also list the suggestions for improvement.

Data Limitations

Respondents' suggestions may not be understandable or germane to the agency (these will be considered non-respondents); surveys could lost prior to tabulation; respondents may evaluate the service inconsistently from question to question.

Calculation Type

Non-cumulative

New Measure

New

Desired Performance

Not applicable

Customer Service Output Measures

Number of Customers Surveyed

Short Definition

This is the number of people who were surveyed by the State Library, in an effort to determine their level of satisfaction as a customer.

Purpose / Importance

This is a required measure.

Source /

Collection of Data

Periodic surveys of customers are done by all divisions that provide a direct service to one of our customer groups. These surveys may be designed to gather satisfaction levels either on one particular service, or on a more broad range of services. This measure represents the number of surveys that are conducted.

Method of Calculation

Staff in program divisions will submit reports that tabulate the number of customers they survey. These reports will be added together to compile the totals for the agency.

Data Limitations

In workshop situations, participants may come and go, and staff may not always know whether a late-comer or an early-departer received a survey. Mail handling problem may cause a customer not receiving the survey. Some reports will be based on estimates or sampling.

Calculation Type

Cumulative

New Measure

New

Desired Performance

Higher than target

.

Number of Customers Served

Short Definition

This is the number of people who received services as customers of the State Library.

Purpose / Importance

This is a required measure.

Source /

Collection of Data

Staff in program divisions will tabulate the number of customers they serve.

Method of Calculation

Reports will be submitted by the program divisions that identify the number of customers they served. These reports will be added together to compile the totals for the agency.

Data Limitations

Staff may find it hard to be accurate and document each customer; with people coming and going during an event, it is difficult to know how many received the service. Many services are based on reports by third parties who receive grants or contracts. Some reports will be based on estimates or sampling.

Calculation Type

Cumulative

New Measure

New

Desired Performance

Higher than target

Customer Service Efficiency Measures

Cost per Customer Surveyed

Short Definition

This is the average cost of surveying each customer of the State Library to determine their level of satisfaction with the services delivered.

Purpose / Importance

This is a required measure.

Source /

Collection of Data

The "number of customers surveyed" will be determined in the Output Measure so named. Costs will be determined by using internal estimates.

Method of Calculation

The total cost of surveying customers will be determined by estimating the cost of staff time, postage, consumable supplies, and other operating costs directly associated with conducting the customer surveys. Costs associated with overhead or equipment will not be included. The total costs will be divided by the total number of customers surveyed.

Data Limitations

Estimates of costs will be used. In workshop situations, participants may come and go, and staff may not always know whether a late-comer or an early-departer received a survey. Mail handling problem may cause a customer not receiving the survey. Some reports will be based on estimates or sampling.

Calculation Type

Non-cumulative

New Measure

New

Desired Performance

Lower than target

Customer Service Explanatory Measures

Number of Customers Identified

Short Definition

This is the total number of people who are in the customer service groups inventoried by the State Library.

Purpose / Importance

This is a required measure.

Source /

Collection of Data

Agency staff will inventory all groups of customers that have a reasonable potential of being a customer group to whom the State Library targets its services. Using available sources, the staff will calculate the estimated number of customers in each group.

Method of Calculation

All of the group members will be added together to compute the total number of customers toward whom the agency targets its services.

Data Limitations

Individuals who fall into two or more customer groups will be counted more than once. Estimates will be used to determine the number of customers in each group.

Calculation Type

Cumulative

New Measure

New

Desired Performance

Not Applicable

.

Number of Customer Groups Inventoried

Short Definition

This is the total number of potential customer groups of the State Library.

Purpose / Importance

This is a required measure.

Source /

Collection of Data

Staff will identify all groups of customers that have a reasonable potential of being a customer group to whom the State Library targets its services.

Method of Calculation

All of the groups will be added together to identify the total number of customer groups toward whom the agency targets its services.

Data Limitations

Customer service groups may not be clearly or cleanly identifiable. Although a customer group we traditionally identified was all the residents of Texas (since one of our primary missions is to develop and improve public library service). However, it would not be meaningful to simply cite "all Texans" as an all-inclusive customer group.

Calculation Type

Cumulative

New Measure

New

Desired Performance

Not Applicable

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