ERIC Number: ED221216
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
The Vertical File in the Libraries of the City University of New York: A Survey.
Hodgson, Tom; Garoogian, Andrew
This 1974/75 survey with a follow-up study in 1980 assembles data on the management and use of vertical file (VF) collections in the 18 libraries of the City University of New York. Results of questionnaires sent to 188 reference department heads or reference librarians show that the sizes of the VF collections studied range from 1,000 to 79,000 pamphlets and that respondents have a favorable attitude toward the use of VF material. Findings are also recorded for pamphlet circulation procedures and statistics; respondents' reasons for provision of VF collections; selection tools for pamphlet acquisition; subject arrangement of vertical files; cataloging practices; physical location of vertical files; staff time devoted to vertical files; allocation of file maintenance activities to different types of library personnel; publicity provided for vertical files; weeding of vertical files; and respondents' perceptions of the usefulness of vertical files, amount of file usage, and value of this usage in relation to other reference materials. Current problems in proper file maintenance identified in eight on-site visits are reported, and recommendations for the enhancement of vertical file collections are provided. (Author/ESR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: City University of New York; Library Users; Vertical Files
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