The development and testing of an instrument to measure attitudes toward the quality vs. Demand debate in collection management

Patricia A. Hamilton, Terry L. Weech

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Abstract

This is a report of a pilot study to test the feasibility of measuring the attitudes of public librarians regarding two contrasting collection development philosophies: “quality-driven” vs. “demand-driven” collection development. Study results suggest that such a measurement is feasible. Of the 78 libraries responding to the questionnaire, the majority agreed with statements favoring demand-driven collection development. Quality-driven collection development was not entirely rejected. Over 75% of the respondents agreed with a statement that libraries should concentrate on providing books of high quality and enduring value. The conclusion is made that while a demand-driven philosophy is favored by most of the respondents, over three-fourths were in agreement with at least some aspects of the quality-driven philosophy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-42
Number of pages16
JournalCollection Management
Volume10
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 27 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Library and Information Sciences

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