[IRTalk] Vindicated by Its Critics: The Kent Study in Light of Other Research on Library Circulation | The Scholarly Kitchen

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Mon Aug 22 11:38:47 SAST 2016

*But all of this begs a more important question: what do these findings
mean for your particular library?* I would suggest that for any individual
library, these general trend data should prompt local examination. A good
internal question would be: “Given that the available data point to a
mean/median of non-circulation among academic libraries of roughly 40%,
what do the circulation data look like in my own library?” The answer to
that question — and the attendant implications for collection development
practices — will vary from situation to situation. But if you look at
academic libraries in the aggregate, it appears that the Kent Study is
being strongly vindicated.

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