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What's in a Library? Comparing library holdings to the constituencies served

John Kountz (Senior Associate Director, Library Affairs, Chancellor's Office, California State University, Seal Beach, CA.)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 1 February 1991

Abstract

While the analysis of inter‐institutional collection overlap has become the profession's current analytic “hoola hoop,” the correlation of book collection to curriculum has the “acrid stench” of tampering with purse strings, and is studiously avoided. However, the analytical comparison of library holdings to constituencies being served could provide meaningful insights related to priorities and practices. This article describes and illustrates a method for analyzing this relationship.

Citation

Kountz, J. (1991), "What's in a Library? Comparing library holdings to the constituencies served", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 9 No. 2, pp. 31-48. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb047818

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MCB UP Ltd

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