ERIC Number: ED241069
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Collection Use at the University of Cincinnati Central Library.
Anderson, Paul M.
A usage study of monograph and serial library holdings at the University of Cincinnati was conducted in 1982 to select candidates for retrospective conversion of catalog records and to determine what materials would be housed in a remote storage facility. The study measured both inhouse and circulation use for each Library of Congress (LC) subclassification. Methodologies from other use studies by L. E. Middleswort, Herman Fussler and J. L. Simon, Richard Trueswell, Allan Kent, and Mary Jane Pobst Reed were adapted for use in the Cincinnati study. It was found that material showing charges back to 1977 (six years) and 1975 would have to be kept in the main collection to satisfy circulation and inhouse demand respectively; materials with recent imprints received far more use than older materials although it was not possible to determine a cutoff date which would enable the library to meet 90% of user needs; the overall ratio of monographs to serials used was 1.3 to 1 but this ratio changed rapidly over time; disciplines in the sciences and social sciences showed the greatest use of serials and materials with recent imprints; and the humanities demonstrated less use of serials and a far more pronounced use of older materials. This report describes the study methodology and its results, uses in decision making, costs, and benefits. Extensive appendices provide information on the distribution of usage by LC subclassification. (Author/ESR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Inhouse Use; Retrospective Conversion (Library Catalogs); University of Cincinnati OH; User Needs