ERIC Number: ED100478
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
Use of Harcum Library [and] Library Circulations, 1969-70 Through 1973-74. IRR-74-27; IRR-75-2.
Blai, Boris, Jr.
Two library use studies at Harcum Junior College are included in this document. The first report presents records gathered during four representative two-week, non-examination periods from 1967 to 1974, which show that a daily average of 19% of the students used the library. In 1974, however, average daily library use was 28%, almost double that of the prior three sample periods (15%) and half again greater than the average rate (19%) for all four sample periods; this is attributed to the fact that instructors are now giving examinations on required reading. The ratio of number of books circulated per student averaged 18:1 and the yearly collection-usage-rate averaged 45% during the past four academic years. The second report presents a comparative analysis of library circulations by subject category for five academic years, 1969-70 through 1972-73. Largest circulation categories reflect courses which are required of many students. Thus, literature, children's books, and social science books are the most frequently circulated because English is a core requirement for all programs offered, Early Childhood Education has been until quite recently the largest single curriculum offered, and social science courses are core requirements for 17 of the 26 programs offered at the college. (DC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Harcum Junior Coll., Bryn Mawr, PA.