ERIC Number: ED359980
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
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University Library Borrowing: Two Studies Illustrating a Methodology.
Ridley, Dennis R.; Jones, Anthony V.
The frequency with which students borrow works of literature that can be called eminent or great works from a university library was examined in two studies that are interesting for their methodology and their findings. An operational definition of great or eminent works was developed, and a list of such works was derived from three sources on Western culture. In the first study, circulation records for 45 eminent novels from the list were studied for the last 10 years, and a rate was developed from dividing the number of checkouts by the elapsed time in years since the first circulation stamp during the 10 years. Obtained ratios for each volume of the same work were simply together. In the second study, the same sample of works was studied through the library's online circulation system for the recent past. The only difference between the two studies was in the method of obtaining the basic data (i.e., an automated or online system in the second study rather than the older manual system in the first study). Library material borrowing results were quite comparable for the two methods, suggesting methodologies that enable the comparison of rates of checkout by students. Tables present the borrowing rates by both methods, and a list of the 16 most selective works. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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