Bibliotekets roll: Litteraturförsörjning och biblioteksanvändning i forskningsmiljö
1983 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
The library is today challenged by new information technologies and competing commercial information services. During the last years many libraries have experienced economic difficulties due to cost increases and restricted budgets. What is the role of libraries in the broader system for information supply and what can be expected for the future? Since the research on libraries in Sweden has been limited to a small number of studies there are little facts available. The project "The role of the library" was initiated to study the actual flows of information through libraries and through other sources to various user groups in different settings. The first part of this research program is a case study of a university library.
The patterns of literature acquisition and library use was studied with questionnaires, library loans, invoices etc. The results show how the literature reaches the users and in what proportions different information channels are used. For the user group (faculty and research staff) it was found that about 40 percent of the literature came through the university library. Nearly one fourth of the literature needed was bought privately. As in the University of Pittsburg study and other studies, the use of recently acquired literature was low. However, it was found that many of the new items which had not been borrowed had potential interested readers. While
only seven percent of the new literature was borrowed, 82 percent of the books were of interest to at least one user. These results emphasize the marketing problem for university libraries as well as the problem of an optimal allocation between central library and department libraries.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Sociologi , 1983. , 63 p.
Inforsk papers on communication studies, ISSN 0348-4068 ; 18
Libary use, aquisition policy, information use, university library
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-1619OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-1619DiVA: diva2:141570