ERIC Number: ED044153
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970
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Systems Analysis of a University Library; Final Report on a Research Project.
Buckland, Michael K.; And Others
The objectives of this study are to ensure that the resources at the disposal of the librarian are deployed in a manner which will effectively contribute to the purposes of the university. User behavior is explored in an attempt to solve the difficulties that arise in library planning and management, such as: (1) the relationship between length of loan period and "idle time," (2) the availability of popular books; and (3) the relationship between library usage and academic achievement. Fundamentally related to all this in a university library is the whole area of students' problem-solving behavior. It is clear that the serious study of policy-making and the allocation of resources in a university library must range widely over problems of human behavior and educational research. Seen in this wide context it may be that the most useful contribution of this study is the way which, with further research, it may prove possible to quantitatively relate the day-to-day decisions of the librarian to the academic achievement of the university as a whole. (MF)
Descriptors: College Libraries, Educational Research, Library Planning, Library Research, Library Services, Operations Research, Problem Solving, Resource Allocation, Systems Analysis, Use Studies
The Librarian, University of Lancaster Library, Bailrigg, Lancaster, England ($2.00)
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Authoring Institution: Lancaster Univ. (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)