Dissertation Information for Jannith Lewis
- Jannith Lewis
- Library and Information Science
- Indiana University (USA) (1982)
- David Kaser
- George Whitbeck
- Robert H. Shaffer
- Allan Daniel Pratt
MPACT Status: Fully Complete
Title: STRATEGIES FOR ATTAINING QUANTITATIVE ADEQUACY IN THE COLLECTIONS OF SELECTED UNDERGRADUATE LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE LIBRARIES EVALUATED BY COLLEGE LIBRARY STANDARDS
Abstract: Less than half of the undergraduate college libraries in the United States meet the quantitative collection criteria included in the Standards for College Libraries promulgated in 1975 by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association.
This study was conducted to determine the degree to which selected college library directors were aware of the 1975 ACRL Standards, their views of the quantitative collection criteria in the Standards, and how the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) viewed ACRL Standards. The key objective of the investigation was to identify strategies utilized by selected undergraduate college libraries to attain collections of adequate size. The survey method was used to collect data. Mail questionnaires were sent to forty-four library directors in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. Seventy-seven percent responded.
Ninety-seven percent of the respondents were acquainted with the revised ACRL Standards, ninety-four percent were aware of the quantitative collection formula, and seventy-one percent viewed Formula A as very useful, useful, or somewhat useful. According to the ACRL Formula A, a basic library collection should contain 85,000 print volumes or microform volume-equivalents plus an increment of 100 volumes for each full-time equivalent (FTE) faculty member, 15 volumes for each FTE student, and 350 volumes for each major or minor curriculum field. Minimum collection adequacy in this study included the number of print volumes or microform volume-equivalents calculated as 80 percent of Formula A. In 1979 collections ranged from 48,547 to 173,881 volumes. Nine (26 percent) had adequate size collections, and twenty-five (74 percent) had collection inadequacies.
The Commission on Colleges of SACS did not view ACRL Standards as a guide to be used by its accreditation evaluators. Standards of the College Delegate Assembly which are not quantitative are utilized by SACS.
Strategies employed by selected undergraduate libraries to attain more adequate size collections included use of grant and gift funds, solicitation of exchange and gift materials, and participation in cooperative programs. Conclusions are that more college libraries could profit by pursuing foundation gifts, seeking more vigorously larger budgets to purchase materials, and using more cooperative efforts to increase collection size.
MPACT Scores for Jannith Lewis
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