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In Brief

JAMES A. TAIT (University of Strathclyde)
K.A. STOCKHAM (Loughborough University of Technology)

Library Review

ISSN: 0024-2535

Article publication date: 1 April 1973


MALTBY, ARTHUR. U.K. catalogue use survey. London: Library Association, 1973. 35 p. Library Association research publication, no. 12. £1.25 (£1 to members). This report on the use and non‐use of the catalogue by readers describes the findings of a project carried out largely by the various schools of librarianship in April/May 1971. Two previous pilot studies had been carried out to refine the questionnaire to make it applicable throughout the United Kingdom. Special libraries were reluctantly excluded, but all other types of library were included. The method chosen was that of briefed interviewers and a structured interview, largely because it seemed desirable to catch not only those who use the catalogue, but also those who do not. Of the total of 3,252 interviewed, 1914 (59 per cent) actually used the catalogue; of the 41 per cent who never used the catalogue, the vast majority stated that they could manage without it, while 281 preferred to ask the staff. Probably most of this group went straight to the shelves. From the break‐down by type of library, it would seem that municipal and county libraries hardly need a catalogue at all. There is also the point that if more people had been shown how to use the catalogue, more would use it.


TAIT, J.A., STOCKHAM, K.A., GEDDES, G.T., CLARK, B.C., OSBORNE, E.M. and J.A.T., (1973), "In Brief", Library Review, Vol. 24 No. 4, pp. 167-169.




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