Serving the whole person: popular materials in academic libraries

Ann W. Hallyburton (Hunter Library, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina, USA)
Heidi E. Buchanan (Hunter Library, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina, USA)
Timothy V. Carstens (Hunter Library, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina, USA)

Collection Building

ISSN: 0160-4953

Publication date: 19 April 2011

Abstract

Purpose

This paper seeks to provide support and direction for academic libraries collecting popular materials.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper offers a case study format supplemented by statistical and descriptive analyses.

Findings

The paper presents literature and case history‐based information on the debate surrounding popular materials collection in academic libraries. The case study provides concrete, cost‐effective steps for academic libraries to use in building popular materials collections.

Practical implications

The authors make the case for support of popular materials collections through detailed evaluation of circulation records.

Originality/value

This paper offers a level of statistical analysis of circulation records unique to the library literature on popular materials collection. It also provides a distinctive case history of the evolution of a successful collection and includes easily adaptable steps.

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Citation

Hallyburton, A., Buchanan, H. and Carstens, T. (2011), "Serving the whole person: popular materials in academic libraries", Collection Building, Vol. 30 No. 2, pp. 109-112. https://doi.org/10.1108/01604951111127498

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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