ERIC Number: ED484729
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Aug
Survey of the State of Audio Collections in Academic Libraries
Smith, Abby; Allen, David Randal; Allen, Karen
Council on Library and Information Resources
The goal of this survey was to collect and analyze baseline information about the status of audio collections held by a set of research institutions. This information can help shape the national preservation plan now being developed by the National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB) and the Library of Congress to preserve "sound recordings that are culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." For this survey a pilot survey was conducted among four libraries in July and August 2003, before the two survey groups were identified. Respondents included two ARL institutions, one land-grant institution and one liberal arts college. The results confirmed the hypothesis that large libraries would not be well served by data gathered only through an online survey. The final survey asked 100 questions (84 objective "yes/no" or multiple-choice questions and 16 open-ended questions) focused on five areas related to sound recordings: access, rights, preservation, funding and resources, and policy. The surveys asked the same questions of both ARL and Oberlin Group libraries. Two survey formats were used: one-on-one interviews were used for ARL, and a Web-based survey form was used for the Oberlin Group libraries. The survey was conducted between September and December 2003. A total of 82 survey data sets were received, including the pilot surveys. The survey group of ARL institutions resulted in 27 survey interviews from the 18 responding libraries (five of the ARL institutions offered as many as three units with sound collections to be surveyed). The survey of Oberlin institutions resulted in 55 electronic responses representing 51 institutions. All respondents were promised confidentiality of their answers. One exception to this was requested: that examples of collection information useful to the reporting process could be cited with attribution upon permission from the institution concerned. The following are appended: (1) Scan of Recorded-Sound Surveys; and (2) Survey Respondents.
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, United States History, Preservation, Library Materials, Nonprint Media, Access to Information, Cultural Background
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council on Library and Information Resources, Washington, DC.