ERIC Number: ED022508
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Requirements Study for Future Catalogs. Progress Report No. 2.
Chicago Univ., IL. Graduate Library School.
This volume contains reports of the findings of the book-memory experiment, designed to measure certain impressions persons retain after a single examination of a book. The research reported here is designed to provide evidence of the relative memorability of various descriptive characteristics of books. Characteristics investigated include several now utilized in descriptive and subject cataloging as well as various characteristics not commonly thought to be significant either for catalog records or for retrieval strategies. The primary objective of this phase of research is to identify those characteristics of books which are often enough remembered to be of potential use as retrieval clues. Such knowledge could then play an important role in design studies of future catalogs. The relative usefulness of various types of nonstandard book information for retrieving a specific work was determined and is presented in tabular form. The other significant research finding was that providing the average specific work requestor with an appropriate retrieval system to exploit his nonstandard information could reduce his expected search effort by a ratio on the order of 500 to one. Appendices include materials used in testing and the numerical data from the experiment. (Author/JB)
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Chicago Univ., IL. Graduate Library School.