ERIC Number: ED260721
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Shelf Browsing, Open Access and Storage Capacity in Research Libraries. Occasional Papers Number 169.
Boll, John J.
Shelf browsing demands open access for the browser and a resources arrangement that groups related concepts together and thereby permits retrieving hitherto unknown items by association. Many resources, especially in large academic libraries, are technically open to the public but arranged in a way that prevents shelf browsing according to the definition given. A historical perspective shows how librarians have reacted to ever growing space pressures and includes discussions of electronic publishing and microforms as a space solution, selection criteria for storage, housing and arranging the relegated materials, and degrees of speed of public access. To support the statement that stored resources should be shelved compactly in sized rather than in classed, or shelf-browsable order, three points are developed: (1) an increasing proportion of academic library resources are already shelved in nonshelf-browsable order; (2) for more than a century academic library resources have been arranged according to a sliding scale of speed of public access; and (3) shelf browsing is an excellent retrieval device for a casual search but very unreliable for research purposes. Categories of materials that should remain in classed, shelf-browsable order are then listed. (Author/THC)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Higher Education, History, Library Administration, Library Facilities, Library Materials, Library Planning, Library Services, Library Technical Processes, Position Papers, Research Libraries, Space Utilization, Technological Advancement
Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Publications Office, 249 Armory Building, 505 E. Armory Street, Champaign, IL 61820 ($3.00 per issue).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Graduate School of Library and Information Science.