ERIC Number: ED178100
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Report on the Study of Library Use at Pitt by Professor Allen Kent, et al. (A Pittsburgh Reply).
MacLeod, Murdo J.; Barkowski, Casimir
This report from the Senate Library Committee at the University of Pittsburgh evaluates a widely publicized study of monograph and periodical use conducted at Pitt by Professor Allen Kent and his associates from 1975-1977. Areas of the study which are examined include structure in text and footnotes, and experimental design, execution, and manipulation of data, in terms of holdings, use, and costs. In particular, the use of "sampling," accuracy of "official figures," comparative method, and cost benefit model of the study are questioned. The Kent study had produced conclusions the committee considers invalid: that Pittsburgh libraries are spending too much money on books and periodicals which are seldom or never used. Findings of the Kent study represent impetus for a change in acquisitions policy, but the committee strongly discourages acceptance of these recommendations because it feels that the study is improperly presented and contains some inaccuracies. (Author/SW)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA.