ERIC Number: ED191488
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep-24
Reference Count: 0
An Economic Criterion for Housing and Disposing of Library Materials, Based on Frequency of Circulation. Research Report RR-79-2.
Lawrence, Gary S.; Oja, Anne R.
A cost analysis of the problem of growing library collections shows that it is more desirable, economically and academically, to establish regional compact shelving facilities for infrequently used library materials than to discard the materials. This report develops and applies a cost model--based on the Palmour Cost Model--which examines the economic aspects of compact shelving and weeding in greater detail. The findings of cost analysis support the conclusions of prior analyses--there is a body of library material, defined by its average frequency of circulation, for which compact shelving facilities are the least expensive housing alternative. This report provides a description of the cost model and its parameters, as well as criteria for relegation and weeding. Appendices detail the methodology of the study. (Author/RAA)
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Costs, Data Collection, Library Administration, Library Circulation, Library Collections, Library Facilities, Library Research, Models, Statistical Analysis, Storage
Office of the Assistant Vice President, Library Plans and Policies, 7 University Hall, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Sacramento.
Identifiers: Bibliometrics; Weeding (Library)
Note: For related document, see IR 008 746. Prepared through the Library Studies and Research Division.