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Circulation statistics in the evaluation of collection development

Circulation statistics in the evaluation of collection development Purpose – This article aims to describe how circulation statistics may be used to evaluate collection development policies. Design/methodology/approach – The circulation statistics of books acquired by a science library in a specific year are analyzed by publisher, publication date, and subject. Findings – The paper finds that older books circulated more than recently published titles purchased at the same time. Circulation averages varied considerably between publishers. Research limitations/implications – Checkouts are an imprecise measure of value. Number of items not purchase costs is the denominator of all averages used; there is a data bias against inexpensive books. Originality/value – The procedure outlined can be used generally to evaluate collection development policies. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Collection Building Emerald Publishing

Circulation statistics in the evaluation of collection development

Collection Building , Volume 27 (2): 3 – Apr 18, 2008

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0160-4953
DOI
10.1108/01604950810870227
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Abstract

Purpose – This article aims to describe how circulation statistics may be used to evaluate collection development policies. Design/methodology/approach – The circulation statistics of books acquired by a science library in a specific year are analyzed by publisher, publication date, and subject. Findings – The paper finds that older books circulated more than recently published titles purchased at the same time. Circulation averages varied considerably between publishers. Research limitations/implications – Checkouts are an imprecise measure of value. Number of items not purchase costs is the denominator of all averages used; there is a data bias against inexpensive books. Originality/value – The procedure outlined can be used generally to evaluate collection development policies.

Journal

Collection BuildingEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 18, 2008

Keywords: Collections management; Monographs; Academic libraries

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