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ERIC Number: ED047712
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 123
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Study of the Decision-Making Procedures for the Acquisition of Science Library Materials and the Relation of These Procedures to the Requirements of College and University Library Patrons.
Lane, David O.
The idea that there was a need for formal study of the methods by which titles are selected for addition to the collections of academic science libraries resulted in this investigation of the selection processes of these libraries. Specifically, the study concentrates on the selection procedures in three sciences: biology, chemistry, and physics. Twenty institutions which are highly representative of the academic community in the United States were included in the study. This study has two major objectives: (1) to describe the selection processes as they actually exist and (2) to present practical guides designed to assist in the process of selection. Five levels of decision-making were identified as ultimately determining what materials are selected: (1) the library appropriation decision--the total amount of money received annually; (2) the acquisition budget decision--total amount of money designated for the purchase of materials; (3) the allotment decision--the ways in which the acquisition budget is distributed; (4) the collection decisions--the desired overall makeup of the collection and (5) the selection decisions--actual purchase of a specific title or item. The decision-makers and guides used in the decision-making process are identified. Each specific decision-making process--its efficiency, strengths and weaknesses, and recommendations for improvement are given. (NH)
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Authoring Institution: American Library Association, Chicago, IL.