ERIC Number: ED217844
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jan-25
Reference Count: 0
Studies of Use of the New York State Library. Report No. 2.
A study was conducted in the New York State Library (NYSL) during 1 week in October 1981 to determine characteristics of traffic rates, user intent, and user status of visitors. Visitors were counted and recorded at 15-minute intervals and a sampling of visitors was administered surveys on leaving the main portion of NYSL through the single public access on the seventh floor and the separately accessible 11th floor research room for historical and archival materials. Completed interviews represented a 16.4 percent sample of all visitors in the main area of the NYSL and 21 percent in the history/archival reading room. Findings of the study in the main area include user traffic averaging 332.9 visits per day by 281 visitors; 46 percent of the visits were for searching material on some topic, 12 percent for genealogy research, and 17 percent for viewing a known publication. Findings for the main area are compared with those of a study conducted in March 1981 and with those for the research room. Future research studies are discussed. Provided are 15 figures, 28 tables, and 3 references. (Author/RBF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Albany. School of Library Science.
Identifiers: Library Users; New York State Library