ERIC Number: ED255214
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Feb
Reference Count: 0
A Survey of Circulation Policies: Eleven Texas Universities.
Paul, Naomi R.
Prior to changing from a manual/time sharing circulation system to an online system with an in-house computer, the staff of the Mary and John Gray Library of Lamar University reevaluated their current circulation policies in light of the increased capabilities of the new system. As part of this process, a survey was conducted of the libraries in 11 state-supported universities of similar size to obtain information on their lending practices for students, faculty, and non-university patrons. In each case, the person in charge of the circulation department was interviewed by telephone, and printed brochures were obtained from libraries having written policy statements. It was found that most of the libraries were using the capabilities of their computer-based systems to exert greater control over some areas of student borrowing than is possible with manual systems, but were retaining a liberal policy toward faculty. All of the libraries had policies allowing for the issuance of cards to adult residents of the area, but imposed restrictions in order to limit such cards to responsible persons. Most had arrangements for direct borrowing by students of other colleges, but the majority either did not lend to high school students, or restricted such lending to students enrolled in special programs. A copy of the questionnaire and a list of the libraries surveyed are appended. (THC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Library Users; Texas