Survey of Academic Library Plans for the Print Book Collection

Aug 2015| PRG096A| Primary Research Group

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The study looks at the plans of 53 college and university libraries for their print book collections. The reports helps its readers to answer questions such as: Are print book collections growing or declining? What role do interlibrary loan departments play in book culling decisions? When print books are culled how many are digitized? What has been the impact of eBooks on print book decision-making? How comfortable are library patrons with the substitution of eBooks for print books? How do the perpetual access policies of eBook vendors impact print book decision-making? How many libraries use quantitative models of likely print book use as an aid in collection culling? What factors are most taken into account in culling decisions? What percentage of print book collections are culled each year? What is the influence of various academic departments on the print book vs. eBook purchasing decision? What kinds of major mistakes have academic libraries made in their print book culling decisions? In what areas are academic libraries least likely to replace print books with eBooks?

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