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ERIC Number: ED399969
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 11
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Promoting Diversity in Selection: The Eternal Question of Faculty vs. Librarian Selection of Materials.
McCaslin, Sharon
Recently the Peru State College Library (Nebraska) had an opportunity to use a special acquisitions grant to study the effects of removing librarian bias in one area of its collection. This study considers the use of the items selected for this grant by humanities faculty and compares their use with other items selected by both librarians and faculty over the relevant three year period, thereby demonstrating the effects of outside involvement in library selection. The grant was provided in support of "non-Western" (i.e., not European and not white American) studies, to remedy a perceived gap in the curriculum and the library collection. Materials selected for this grant would not have been selected in the normal library selection process. All of the items processed after July 1, 1993 were assigned an item code based on the process by which they entered the collection. The library database routinely records the number of times each item is checked out. At the end of the spring semester in 1996, circulation statistics were recorded for all of the 1993-1996 acquisitions. Results showed that the non-Western grant materials were used less than the librarian-selected materials, but slightly more than other faculty-selected materials. Four tables present results. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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