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ERIC Number: ED154782
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jan
Pages: 12
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Book Borrowing in Academic Libraries, 1964/65-1968/69. The Trend Was Down.
Jones, Harold D.
After increasing for a decade, circulation of books at Brooklyn College reached a peak and then declined. A staff member sought circulation data from libraries whose parent institutions were members of the Association of Urban Libraries. These showed a similar phenomenon and a wider sample was sought, including public and private four-year colleges and universities. From data obtained from the 104 institutions surveyed, it was found that enrollment in the period studied increased by 29.7 percent, but books borrowed per reader declined by about 13 percent. Borrowing of reserve books declined even more. Borrowing trends were computed by dividing the total circulation per year by the number of full-time equivalent students. Student unrest, involvement, McLuhanism, the use of paperbacks and copying machines, larger classes, and fewer term papers, were suggested as causes. The surveyor suggested another factor: the law of diminishing returns. While enrollments increased very markedly, library space, collections, and staff did not increase in proportion. Recommendations for further study include the collection of data from a larger sample covering a longer period of time to reveal newer trends, to increase librarians' knowledge about one aspect of academic library output, and to disclose other independent variables which may have a functional relationship to the borrowing of books. (Author/JPF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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