ERIC Number: ED045149
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Statistical Sampling of Book Readership at a College Library. Final Report.
Daiute, Robert J.; Gorman, Kenneth A.
The general results of this statistical sampling of book readership at a college library revealed that three times as many book readers were reading nonlibrary books as library books inside the library. About one-half of the library books being read are classified as Social Science books. Business Administration majors read books in the library relatively more frequently than either Liberal Arts or Education majors. Library readers have higher cumulative averages than the student body as a whole. Commuters read more frequently than their share in the student population, Freshmen and Sophomores make up two-thirds of the book readers, and men are found to read books twice as frequently as women. The Chi-square test applied in matrix analysis revealed that relationships exist between the reading of a library book or not and whether the reader is a student or not, between major field of study and the sex of the reader, and between place of residence of the reader, on the one hand and the sex and class year of reader, on the other. Findings of this type should be useful in planning construction, layout, book acquisitions, staffing, and other aspects of library administration. [Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document.] (MF)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Rider Coll., Trenton, NJ.