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ERIC Number: ED019098
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Aug
Pages: 81
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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THE BOOK COLLECTIONS IN THE PUBLIC LIBRARIES OF THE POTTSVILLE LIBRARY DISTRICT--A DATE AND SUBJECT DISTRIBUTION STUDY.
BLASINGAME, RALPH; AND OTHERS
THIS EVALUATION OF THE POTTSVILLE FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK COLLECTIONS ILLUSTRATES THE RELEVANCE OF DATE AND SUBJECT DISTRIBUTION AS A SIGNIFICANT BOOK COLLECTION NORM AND SETS FORTH, IN DETAIL, THE METHODOLOGICAL PROCEDURES USED IN CONDUCTING THE STUDY. THE SURVEY TEAM DETERMINED DATE AND SUBJECT DISTRIBUTIONS IN THE COLLECTIONS OF THE 12 LIBRARIES MAKING UP THE POTTSVILLE LIBRARY DISTRICT BY DEVISING A SAMPLING METHOD WHICH ENTAILED CHECKING SHELFLISTS FOR MOST RECENT COPYRIGHT DATES. THEN A NORM WAS FORMULATED BY SAMPLING THE "STANDARD CATALOG FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIES,""FICTION CATALOG," AND "CHILDREN'S CATALOG" FOR DATE DISTRIBUTION. NORMATIVE CURVES RESULTED SHOWING THAT THE MOST RECENT BOOKS ARE THE MOST FREQUENTLY CITED AND THAT FREQUENCY OF CITATION DECLINES FAIRLY REGULARLY WITH AGE. A GENERAL CONDITION OF OLD COLLECTIONS AND LIMITED SUBJECT COVERAGE WAS FOUND. RECOMMENDATIONS INVOLVE (1) MORE SIMILAR INVESTIGATIONS, (2) IMPROVED SELECTION METHODS, (3) DEVELOPING MATURE STANDARDS FOR COLLECTIONS, (4) IMPLEMENTING COLLECTION REJUVENATION AND MAINTENANCE THROUGH A CONTINUOUS STATE LIBRARY-DISTRICT LIBRARY CENTER PROGRAM, (5) DEFINING THE ROLE OF THE SMALL LIBRARY, (6) BUILDING AND COORDINATING THE DISTRICT COLLECTIONS AS A SYSTEM, AND (7) CONDUCTING USE STUDIES AND EXPERIMENTAL BOOK COLLECTION PROGRAMS. THE RESULTS OF THE STUDY ARE PRESENTED IN A SERIES OF BAR CHARTS AND LINE GRAPHS, WITH 3 GRAPHS PRESENTED ON TRANSPARENCIES. THIS DOCUMENT IS ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE POTTSVILLE FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY, THIRD AND MARKET STREETS, POTTSVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA 17091, FREE OF CHARGE. (JB)
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Authoring Institution: Pottsville Free Public Library, PA.
Identifiers: Pottsville Free Public Library PA