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ERIC Number: ED340371
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Pages: 37
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The Effect on Faculty Research of Theft and Mutilation of Library Materials in an Academic Library: A Study in Perception.
Springer, John A.
A questionnaire study assessed 143 faculty members at Kent State University to determine if the problem of theft and mutilation of library materials causes faculty members to view the library as well as the miscreants responsible for this behavior in a negative light. It is hypothesized that a majority of faculty members responding to the survey will not perceive that their research has been significantly affected by the theft and mutilation of library materials. Additionally, it is hypothesized that they will perceive that the library is doing enough to deter and prevent the theft and mutilation of library materials. Both hypotheses are supported by the results, although a substantial number of subjects (19.6%) reported that theft and mutilation of library materials has had a substantial effect on their research. A high number of faculty (20.6%) also reported that, because of theft and mutilation of library materials, the library is so inconvenient that they sometimes avoid going there. Further research is recommended to explore the political ramifications of these feelings on the part of faculty members. A copy of the survey questionnaire is appended. (13 references) (DB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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