Comparing the Circulation of Library Materials Ordered by Faculty and Librarians
Creators:Connell, Tschera Harkness
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Citation:Tschera Harkness Connell, "Comparing the Circulation of Library Materials Ordered by Faculty and Librarians," Collection Management 14, no. 1/2 (1991): 73-84.
Circulation data for materials received over a two-year period by an undergraduate library were analyzed to determine if faculty members or librarians were more effective selectors. The results indicate differing patterns of use of the materials ordered by the two groups. Circulation is unevenly distributed among the materials ordered by faculty while the usage of librarian ordered materials is more uniform. This could result from the differences in the selection processes between the two groups. At least as informative as comparative data between the two groups is the fact that many materials ordered by both groups never circulated at all. Multiple approaches are needed to build an undergraduate collection which will support the needs of its users. This study evaluates the selection practices of an undergraduate institution by comparing items ordered by teaching faculty and those ordered by librarians to determine whether faculty-ordered materials or librarian-ordered materials circulate more.