Thursday, September 29, 2011

Study reveals interesting facts about book circulation in academic libraries

This story appeared in libraryjournal.com about a study conducted by OCLC and OhioLink. While participation was limited to Ohio colleges and universities as well as the state library (89 libraries in all), it is the largest of its kind and should provide a basis for future research and may change a few perceptions about how library books are being used in an academic setting. For instance, the study indicates that 80% of a library's circulation is driven by just 6% of its collection, as opposed to the commonly believed "80/20" rule.

From the OCLC website: "Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing library costs".

More information and links to the resulting data can be found here.

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