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ERIC Number: ED087492
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jun
Pages: 24
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Nation-Wide Rationalization of Acquisition Policies in Canadian College and University Libraries: Are Total World Coverage and Non-duplication of Resources Part of an Impossible Dream?
Ettlinger, John R. T.
Canada has an especially difficult information problem since an enormous proportion of the publications required by Canadian researchers are produced in foreign countries. The attempt to solve this problem by a numerological or Farmington Plan approach is wrong both in theory and practice. This method emphasizes size and discounts selectivity. Library collections should not be evaluated by the quantity of material in a subject field, but rather by the quality of the material. Much published material is simply a restatement of facts or theories already known; therefore, the use potential of material should be considered rather than straight quantity. Several government reports have tried to evaluate Canadian resources but have failed because a more sophisticated breakdown of information is needed. Massive deficiencies and massive unnecessary duplication still exist in Canada partly because of irresponsible use of standing orders and approval plans. Academic libraries cannot be self-sufficient. With federal assistance, collecting responsibilities based on subject breakdowns should be rationally assigned on a regional basis, taking into account the individual strengths of the libraries. (JG)
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Authoring Institution: Canadian Association of College and University Libraries, Ottawa (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada