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ERIC Number: ED279334
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: N/A
In-House Use of Materials in Public Libraries. Monograph 18.
This report discusses the examination of the in-house use of library materials in six Coalition for Public Library Research member libraries and the methods best suited to measure in-house use. Data for the study were collected from adult questionnaires and interviews, the count of materials found on tables, unobtrusive observation, children's questionnaires and interviews, and the Illinois Public Library Cooperative Study. Results of the study indicate that: (1) there is substantial evidence that the number of materials used in libraries is misrepresented and the table count method should be supplemented or replaced; (2) a substantial proportion of library patrons use materials in the library; (3) the average library patron is better educated than individuals in the general population; (4) the largest number of items used in the library are nonfiction; (5) the unemployed place considerable reliance on the library for information; and (6) the best method to measure in-house use is the questionnaire. The text is supplemented by 21 tables, and references are provided. Appendices include summary and analysis tables for the adult questionnaire; adult interview; count of materials used, unobtrusive observation, and Illinois Public Library Cooperative Research Group Study; as well as copies of instructions and the forms used for collecting data. (KM)
Descriptors: Library Materials, Library Research, Measurement Techniques, Public Libraries, Questionnaires, Research Methodology, Tables (Data), Use Studies, Users (Information)
The University of Illinois, The Graduate School of Library and Information Science, 249 Armory Building, 505 E. Armory St., Champaign, IL 61820.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Graduate School of Library and Information Science.