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Dissertation Information for James Mullins

NAME:
- James Mullins

DEGREE:
- Ph.D.

DISCIPLINE:
- Library and Information Science

SCHOOL:
- Indiana University (USA) (1984)

ADVISORS:
- David Kaser

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
- Bernard M. Fry
- Douglass G. Boshkoff
- Clayton A. Shepherd

MPACT Status: Fully Complete

Title: A STUDY OF SELECTED FACTORS AFFECTING GROWTH RATES IN AMERICAN LAW SCHOOL LIBRARIES, 1932-1976

Abstract: During the past fifty years there has been disagreement among law librarians about how various factors affect the growth rate of law libraries. Some have contended that a law library was best supported when it was a part of the university library system, known as the integrated type, and others have contended that a law library was best supported when administered as part of the law school, known as the autonomous type. However, no quantitative research has ever been undertaken on this topic.

The present study compiled all data available on the sizes and growth rates of the seventy-five law libraries which were approved by the American Bar Association and were members of the Association of American Law Schools as of 1932 and were still in existence in 1976. The data were tested to determine if a correlation existed between growth rate and type of administrative structure, autonomous or integrated. Tests were also made to determine if law library growth rates correlated with type of funding support for the institution, private or public, and also if the law library and the university library grew at different rates during the period. Other factors were also checked, including the influences of the law dean, law librarian, and the director of university libraries, as well as the erection of a new building or addition, and the designation of the law library as a depository for government publications.

It was found that no significant difference existed between the growth rates of autonomous and integrated law libraries; whether they were private or public; or between university and law library growth rates. But a significant correlation was shown with the influence of the law dean, law librarian, and the director of university libraries. Insufficient data prevented the study of a new building or designation as a documents depository upon the growth rates of law libraries.

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