ERIC Number: ED171237
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Design and Testing of a Method to Reach Agreement for Responsibilities in Collection Building Among Libraries. Final Report.
As a first step towards resource sharing among libraries in the Cleveland Area Metropolitan Library System (CAMLS), a unique method, called the Site Appraisal for Area Resources Inventory (SAFARI), was developed to examine the library collections. This approach was different than others in that collections were compared by experts in a specific field. After a committee was organized, specific libraries which had significant collections were visited; other libraries with pertinent materials, but perhaps smaller collections, were canvassed through questionnaires. Six different subjects were studied in this manner--education, music, business, local history and genealogy, religion, and nursing--and the findings were published in a written report. Since the technique provides a fairly quick inventory of resources, the information can be used by faculty members and individuals working in the subject area as well as by librarians. Furthermore, the compilations provide the beginning steps towards delineating subject responsibilities to specific libraries for the purposes of joint acquisition programs and eventual resource sharing. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of School Systems (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Office of Libraries and Learning Resources.
Authoring Institution: Cleveland Area Metropolitan Library System, OH.