Academic

A survey reported in 1977 of moderate-sized (120,000-500,000 volumes) U.S. academic libraries listed in the 1972-73 American Library Directory (survey size: 200; responding: 147 or 74%) showed that, of 89 responding libraries, 39 (43.8%) reported that they reordered current issues less than 1 month after they were reported missing, while 13 (14.6%) reported that they wait 6 months or longer before reordering current issues. On the other hand, 19 (21.3%) libraries reported reordering bound volumes less than 1 month after they were reported missing, while 45 (50.4%) libraries reported that they wait 6 months or more before reordering bound volumes.                      (Source)

        Ibid…. showed that, in order to fill a gap, 45% of responding libraries reported they would purchase microform, 26% reported they would purchase paper, and 29% reported they might do either.              (Source)

Special

A 1978 survey of major biomedical libraries (primarily those serving accredited medical schools) (survey size: 120 libraries; responding: 88 or 73%) showed thatusing microform copy in lieu of binding hard copy volumes of abstracts and indexes was not common practice. Only 1 (1%) library reported using microforms in lieu of binding all volumes of abstracts and indexes, 7 (8%) libraries reported using microforms in lieu of binding some abstracts and indexes, while 78 (89%) libraries reported using no microforms in lieu of binding abstracts or indexes. 2 (2%) libraries did not reply.                     (Source)

Dr. David Kohl

 "Libraries in the digital age are experiencing the most profound transformation since ancient Mesopotamian scribes first began gathering and organizing cuneiform tablets."

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