ERIC Number: ED356793
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
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Comparison of Book and Video Circulation in Public Libraries.
Elgin, Ramona R.
To determine whether videocassettes have become an integral part of library collections, a survey was conducted to compare book and video circulation statistics during a 5-year period in northern Illinois. A survey was sent to directors of the 84 public libraries in the Suburban Library System in northern Illinois requesting the population of each library's service area, the number of books and videos in the collection, their circulation over a 5-year period, charging and checkout practices, and interlibrary loan policies. Fifty-one directors replied. There appears to be little standardization in video circulation periods, costs, and collection organization and retrieval. There is not much correlation between video and book circulation, although circulation does appear to increase when charging for videos is dropped. Results also demonstrate that libraries do not keep or retain their statistics in the same manner. Only about half of the libraries allow videos to go out on interlibrary loan. Most objections to such loans may have resulted from the newness of videos in the collections and the lack of standardization in their storage and retrieval. Nine tables present survey findings. The 19-item questionnaire is included. (Contains 9 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois