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Collection Building

ISSN: 0160-4953

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Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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Circulation statistics in the evaluation of collection development


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Title:Circulation statistics in the evaluation of collection development
Author(s):Brian Adams, (Swain Hall Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA), Bob Noel, (Swain Hall Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA)
Citation:Brian Adams, Bob Noel, (2008) "Circulation statistics in the evaluation of collection development", Collection Building, Vol. 27 Iss: 2, pp.71 - 73
Keywords:Academic libraries, Collections management, Monographs
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/01604950810870227 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:Received: October 2007Revised: January 2008Accepted: January 2008
Abstract:

Purpose – This article aims to describe how circulation statistics may be used to evaluate collection development policies.

Design/methodology/approach – The circulation statistics of books acquired by a science library in a specific year are analyzed by publisher, publication date, and subject.

Findings – The paper finds that older books circulated more than recently published titles purchased at the same time. Circulation averages varied considerably between publishers.

Research limitations/implications – Checkouts are an imprecise measure of value. Number of items not purchase costs is the denominator of all averages used; there is a data bias against inexpensive books.

Originality/value – The procedure outlined can be used generally to evaluate collection development policies.



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