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A method for determining faculty preferences for monographs

Jeffrey D. Kushkowski (Jeffrey D. Kushowski is Business and Economics Bibliographer, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA.)

Collection Building

ISSN: 0160-4953

Article publication date: 1 March 2000



Methodologies for determining patron preferences for monographs are a neglected area in library literature. This article describes a method for determining faculty preferences for monographs using subject headings from a print bibliography. Faculty members from the colleges of business at three public universities in Iowa (Iowa State University, University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa) were asked to rank 100 subject areas in business administration based on their perceived importance to programs of study within their colleges or departments. A total of 58 percent of the surveys were returned and 46 percent were included in the analysis. Faculties were grouped by department, and subject areas were grouped into categories by discipline. The survey results show that, with some exceptions, faculty ranked subject groups corresponding to their departments higher than other areas. The implications of this study for collection development librarians are noted.



Kushkowski, J.D. (2000), "A method for determining faculty preferences for monographs", Collection Building, Vol. 19 No. 1, pp. 17-32.




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