ERIC Number: ED381175
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
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Subject Access for Students and Faculty in a Two-Year College Library Math Collection.
Su, Mila C.
This document is an overview of the problems that confront both librarians and library users in accessing materials in two-year library collections. It includes a brief discussion of library collection management concerns and issues, then focuses on the formulation of an evaluation strategy, its methods, findings, and results. The math collection of the Robert E. Eiche Library was evaluated through a physical inventory and a comparison of the results to holdings information in the online catalog, to the book by Lynn A. Steen, "Library Recommendations for Undergraduate Mathematics," and to holdings of other Penn State libraries. A list of books identified as primary sources was compiled to use as a basis for future purchasing. It was discovered that: (1) 23 titles in the stacks which were not originally on the online catalog were added; (2) 10 titles were identified as missing; (3) 11 titles listed in the online catalog did not appear in the shelf list, indicating the need to update the records; (4) 98 titles were withdrawn from the collection; (5) 25% of the core titles listed in Steen's guide are held by the Robert E. Eiche Library; and (6) 100 titles were submitted for possible purchase. It is concluded that access to materials can be enhanced by techniques of collection management: checking the actual use of materials can provide insight into patron use of materials. Collection evaluation helps to ensure that users and librarians are able to identify and use materials in the collection. (MAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Core Collections; Pennsylvania State University Altoona Campus
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Association of Two-Year Colleges (Pittsburgh, PA, April 7, 1994).