ERIC Number: ED043346
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
Duplicated Information Acquired by Libraries.
White, Carl M.
The object of this study is to make a start toward determining the extent of duplicated information that is being acquired in spite of customary precautions to avoid it. Referring to a specific case, the percentages in Table II show the frequency of appearance in five other works of 19 items in Mitchell's "Encyclopedia of American Politics." While reference and information service was in its infancy, the main problem was to develop the tools to do the job and any overlapping of sources was of less concern. Now we can begin to see duplicated information rising with increasing distinctness as an ancillary problem that deserves more attention. Librarians have more money than time to evaluate individual purchases and do not stand back at purchasing duplicated information if a publisher packages it with significant new information. Publishers, library budgets and book collections would benefit if better guidelines for distinguishing justifiable from unjustifiable duplication were developed. To determine whether an attractive new package of information effectively rounds out, or materially duplicates, information already present in a sizable collection requires in-depth, expert attention that book-reviewing machinery is poorly organized to provide. More work needs to be done of the problem. This study is exploratory and the results are fragmentary. (NH)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Libraries and Educational Technology (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., San Diego. Univ. Library.
Note: Paper prepared for the Institute on Acquisitons Procedures in Academic Libraries..., Aug 25-Sep 5, 1969