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ERIC Number: ED178037
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Pages: 104
Abstractor: N/A
Measuring the Efficiency of Use of Books Borrowed from a Public Library.
Baldwin, Joe Michael
Focusing on the library book borrowing behavior which can be controlled by the circulation policy of the library, this study investigates such factors as type of borrower, type of material borrowed, number of items borrowed, and length of time borrowed, and ascertains the effects these factors have on the use of borrowed library materials. Data gathered from a survey of borrowers from the Fort Worth (Texas) Public Library conducted in the autumn of 1976 and the spring of 1977 are used to test four hypotheses: (1) that a greater amount of efficient use occurs among books borrowed by non-multiple borrowers, (2) that more efficient use occurs among books held less than the mean borrowing time, (3) that higher use efficiency occurs among books borrowed for non-school purposes, and (4) that greater use efficiency occurs among fiction books than among non-fiction books. Study procedures, including data collection methods, data tabulation, and statistical tests used in data evaluation, are presented along with summaries of questionnaire data and statistical findings. Sample questionnaires and a bibliography are also provided. (FM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, North Texas State University; Parts of the Library Borrower Survey form will not reproduce well because of small type size