Use Studies: A Selective Review

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Abstract

Librarians have conducted hundreds of studies exploring various aspects of collection use in libraries. Most studies are of journal collections in academic libraries; however, the principles of conducting use studies are generally applicable to other materials and other types of libraries. Use studies can be conducted in a wide variety of ways, and they can measure different aspects of the use of a collection. Each method has its own particular strengths and weaknesses. If a combination of methods is used, the weaknesses of each method can be offset by the strengths of the others, and a truer picture of overall use can then be obtained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)359-368
Number of pages10
JournalLibrary Resources and Technical Services
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences

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