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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|
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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