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ERIC Number: ED043350
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Sep
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A Study of Resources and Major Subject Holdings Available in U.S. Federal Libraries Maintaining Extensive or Unique Collections of Research Materials. Final Report.
Benton, Mildred; And Others
One hundred and eighty-eight selected special libraries were surveyed in an initial attempt to study the resources and major subject holdings available in U.S. Federal libraries maintaining extensive or unique collections of research materials. The objectives were twofold: (1) to determine the nature and availability of the various collections, and (2) to provide access to subject coverage through both aphabetical listing and a class arrangement. Computer prepared tables which identify the libraries involved and which interpret and compare in hierarchial arrangement the data obtained in a systematic fashion are presented. An alphabetical list of the subjects reported by and available in libraries studied is also provided. The subject coverage was widespread; however, there is a noticeable concentration in history and the pure sciences. Religion was represented the least. The definitions of Exhaustive and Research collections used in the study were insufficient to enable librarians to do more than report the status of their collections based on their own evaluation and interpretation. A study or critique on the feasibility of developing criteria for evaluating research collections is mandatory. Another edition of resources of Federal libraries could then incorporate additions, omissions and correction, and most important, report the status of collections in a more meaningful manner. (Author/NH)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. Biological Sciences Communication Project.