ERIC Number: ED168525
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
The "SAFARI" Method of Collection Study and Cooperative Acquisition for a Multi-Library Cooperative. A Manual of Procedures.
This document examines the importance and difficulties in resource sharing and acquisition by libraries and introduces the procedures of the Site Appraisal for Area Resources Inventory (SAFARI) system as a method of comparative evaluation of subject collections among a group of libraries. Resource, or collection, sharing offers specific advantages, including costs, fast delivery, ease of direct user referral, and opportunities for regular conferences. The SAFARI method, which was designed to evaluate collections among a variety of types of area libraries for resource sharing, identifies topics to be studied, assembles statistical information, checks holdings, and sends a team of experts (faculty and librarians) into the member libraries to make a site appraisal and identify subject strengths. A detailed subject index and library profiles are published for member libraries. This procedures manual provides information on selecting a SAFARI topic, team selection, identification of libraries, procedures planning, information collection, and report preparation and distribution. Appended are sample forms and reports, and the Higher Education Act, Title II-B grant abstract and proposal. (CWM)
Descriptors: Cooperative Programs, Data Collection, Evaluation Methods, Guides, Library Acquisition, Library Collections, Library Cooperation, Library Materials, Library Networks, Library Services, Program Descriptions, Program Development
Cleveland Area Metropolitan Library System, 11000 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106 ($2.00; paper copy)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Cleveland Area Metropolitan Library System, OH.
Identifiers: Site Appraisal for Area Resources Inventory
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