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ERIC Number: ED339381
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Pages: 53
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Arranging Materials and Services in a University Library Reference Area for Effective Use.
Franklin, Hugh; And Others
In fall of 1988, the William Jasper Kerr Library at Oregon State University combined its separate science/technology and social science/humanities reference areas. One year later, the Reference Arrangement Task Force was appointed to evaluate the effectiveness of the new configuration. The Task Force modelled the area with drawings and balsa pieces, searched the literature for relevant publications, surveyed six university libraries with centralized reference arrangements, and asked the 18 Kerr Library reference librarians to assess the seriousness of specific perceived reference arrangement problems and judge whether or not specific perceived solutions seemed reasonable. Final recommendations of the Task Force were based primarily on feedback from the dialogue with the Kerr librarians. Due, at least partly, to limited support staff and limited budget, several recommended changes were not implemented. These included three centerpiece recommendations: card catalog rearrangement for easier access; a card catalog/reference stack barrier to help keep reference books within their area; and a modified spoke arrangement of reference book stacks to provide fast, equal, line-of-sight access. Many easier-to-implement recommendations were adopted, including reference book weeding, some increase in table-top work space, and the creation of business directory and college directory clusters. This report provides background information on the university and the library as well as the final report and recommendations of the task force; floor plans accompany the text. Supporting materials are also provided, i.e., a progress report, a telephone survey report, the reference arrangement survey questionnaire and the results of that survey, and a 16-item annotated bibliography. (Author/MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A