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Dissertation Information for Kathleen Rae Brown

- Kathleen Rae Brown

- Ph.D.

- Library and Information Science

- University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (USA) (1991)

- Robert N. Broadus

- Ray Warren Carpenter
- Edward G. Holley
- Barbara B. Moran
- Joe A. Hewitt

MPACT Status: Fully Complete

Title: An analysis of the variables of overlap, duplication, and use in the collections of three liberal arts college libraries

Abstract: A random sample of circulatable monographs was taken from each of the collections of Bates College, Bowdoin College, and Colby College--private liberal arts institutions located in Maine. Sample titles from each library were checked against the catalogs of the other two libraries to determine the extent of overlap (whether held by more than one library), against shelflists to determine the extent of duplication (whether held as multiple copies by one library), against three standard selection guides (including the second edition of Books for College Libraries), and four times against circulation files.

The samples indicated that the collections experienced significant growth during the 1960's and 1970's; that they were strikingly similar in their subject distributions; and that they were composed primarily of English-language materials. The collections of Bates and Colby were more comparable to each other than with Bowdoin, which held the most volumes, the highest percentage of old materials, and the highest percentage of materials in foreign languages.

Overlap between the libraries stood at 32-46 percent, with overlap being highest when either of the smaller libraries was paired with Bowdoin. Overlap rates were not markedly higher for newer titles and were consistent across subjects.

Very few of the sample titles were duplicated (less than 5.0 percent), and most were held as one additional copy in a single location. Statistical tests indicated a low strength of association between title duplication and overlap.

Titles listed in Books for College Libraries comprised 8-15 percent of the samples, with modes in the 1960-69 and Humanities categories. There appeared to be a relationship between inclusion in a selection guide and title overlap, but little relationship between inclusion in a selection guide and title duplication.

Circulation patterns were localized; titles that circulated in any of the three libraries comprised 12-19 percent of the samples. Circulating titles were likely to have post-1950 publication dates, to be written in the English language, and to be overlapped. There appeared to be little relationship between circulation and either title duplication or inclusion in a selection guide.

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