ERIC Number: ED054817
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
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Collection Development and the Computer: A Case Study in the Analysis of Machine Readable Loan Records and Their Application to Book Selection.
At the Library of the University of British Columbia, computers are used for a variety of tasks, including the control of book and serial acquisitions. The computer-produced circulation records have been employed to study the use of library materials at U.B.C. in three distinct areas. There have been studies of use in relation to loan policy, studies of use by defined groups of borrowers, and studies of heavily used materials. This report is an account of a group of studies of books which circulated with unusual frequency. Since these studies of the library's services have had a direct effect upon the acquisition of library materials, they provide the missing link that is helping to turn the U.B.C. Library into a closed-loop control system: an integrated system that is able to alter its behaviour based on accurate information about the specific demands that are being made upon it. These studies, therefore, permit the library to make the most efficient and effective possible use of its limited funds, and afford the Library's users a quality of service that heretofore has not been possible. (Author/NH)
Descriptors: Books, College Libraries, Computer Programs, Foreign Countries, Library Acquisition, Library Automation, Library Circulation, Library Material Selection, Library Services, Selection, Serials, Use Studies
University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver 8, Canada ($2.50)
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Sponsor: Donner Canadian Foundation.
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Univ., Vancouver. School of Librarianship.
Identifiers - Location: Canada