ERIC Number: ED425173
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Conducting an In-House Periodical Use Study: A Checklist. Occasional Paper Series, No. 12.
Day, Linda; Graburn, Linda
This is a step-by-step guide to designing and conducting an assessment of the in-house use of periodicals in a library. It focuses on in-house use because libraries that allow their periodicals to circulate probably already have mechanisms to track circulation. The guide consists of an explanatory text followed by a checklist. The checklist includes the factors that need to be considered in the planning stages for such a study. Each library can customize the study, choosing the factors and methods that suit the situation. The most important decision to be made is the purpose of the study. The design of a periodical use study should reflect the decisions to be made with the data obtained. The following sections of both text and checklist are included: (1) purpose of the study; (2) scope of the study; (3) methodology; (4) data tabulation; (5) publicity; (6) staffing; and (7) pilot study. The checklist also includes a section on costs of the study. A bibliography of 49 sources is included for further information. (SLD)
Descriptors: Check Lists, Costs, Foreign Countries, Library Surveys, Periodicals, Pilot Projects, Planning, Research Methodology, Use Studies, User Needs (Information)
Canadian Library Association, 200 Elgin Street, Suite 602, Ottawa, ON K2PIL5, Canada ($10 Canadian).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Canadian Association of College and University Libraries, Ottawa (Ontario).
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A