ERIC Number: ED059732
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
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Collection Development and Selection Decision-Making at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries; A Survey of the Curators of the National Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of History and Technology, September 1970--June 1971.
The major objective of this research study was to gather information about factors which influence collection development and selection decision making in the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. The user's judgement of the extent to which the collections met his needs is the only parameter of assessment. Museum curators, the bulk of whose time is spent in research, were asked how well the collections met their needs. Also examined were the resources actually utilized by the curators in their research work, and their participation in and perception of the library material selection process. The study was designed to provide information for policy making, but the implications which are drawn must be considered tentative since only the user's point of view is covered. A more complete analysis must also consider the perspectives of librarians and administrators of the Smithsonian Institution. (Author/SJ)
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Authoring Institution: Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Libraries.