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ERIC Number: ED139420
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 122
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A Comparative Study of Charges Made Through an Automated Circulation System in the Colorado State University Libraries.
Burns, Robert W.
To determine use of portions of the collections at Colorado State University libraries and to identify heavily used sections, the collections were divided into 204 blocks according to Library of Congress classification letters. The number of charges made in each block was counted during a 1975 quarter for patrons, charges made to the reserve desk, and interlibrary loan. The number of pieces within each block was estimated by dividing the linear inches of a block by its average thickness. A coefficient of use was calculated for each block by dividing the number of charges made by the number of pieces available. Multiplied by 100, this indicated that for each 100 items in a block, there were X circulations, and enabled comparison of blocks regardless of size. Both absolute circulation and coefficient of use identified three most heavily used blocks: BF (Psychology), HQ (The Family) and GV (Recreation). Sixteen blocks had zero use, and 47 percent had less that 100 circulations. The study concluded that: (1) some areas of the collections received higher proportionate use than size indicates; and (2) demands on portions of the collections can be monitored and usage compared, regardless of size. Statistical tables are included. (Author/KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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