ERIC Number: ED425752
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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Gay Books in the Public Library: Responsibility Fulfilled or Access Denied? How 19 Large Urban American and Canadian Library Systems Compare in Service to Their Communities.
The catalogs of 19 large urban public lending library systems (10 American and 9 Canadian) were examined to determine the extent of their holdings of 222 gay-related titles. The populations of the libraries' service areas ranged from about 100,000 to three million. The title lists comprised classic and contemporary works taken from standard lists of fiction and nonfiction and works recently awarded or considered as finalists for major prizes. Data were tabulated by title, giving the number of copies of each title for each library system. The results were then further analyzed. A broad range was exhibited across the library systems in the percentages of surveyed titles held and in numbers of copies of titles per capita. Among titles from the four sources used, there were lower mean percentages of titles held for Lambda Literary Awards list titles and American Library Association Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Awards titles than for "Fiction Catalog" and "Public Library Catalog" titles. In general, the Canadian libraries in this survey carried fewer titles and fewer copies per capita than the American ones. The Toronto analysis showed large collection differences among the former library systems now combined into the new Toronto Public Library. (Author/AEF)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Fiction, Foreign Countries, Homosexuality, Lesbianism, Library Collections, Library Materials, Library Services, Library Surveys, Nonfiction, Public Libraries, Social Bias, Tables (Data)
International Information Research Group/iirg, 469 Spadina Rd., Unit 15, Toronto M5P 2W6, Ontario, Canada.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States