Exploring the value of reading lists to academic communities: an analysis of potential and perceived value to partners in reading list provision

2006-06-27T14:39:25Z (GMT) by Karen McCormick
This research investigated the evolving value of recommended reading lists to academic libraries and the communities that they serve. It examined the possibility of extending Library use of reading lists through new information extracted from associating online reading list data with Library circulation data in a Reading List Collection Use database. Potential information that can be generated on the utility of Library provision for targeted sectors of the Library’s taught-course market was identified. Possible collection management and academic support uses were suggested for such information generated from data already held on university computer systems. Factors that influence the use of materials on reading lists were further explored. Recognising that availability of recommended reading system data is wholly dependent on lecturer participation in online reading list provision, research was conducted on the perceived value of the Library/lecturer partnership for this purpose. Focus groups were conducted exploring the use and barriers to use of reading lists in the community. Analysis of focus group data indicated some lecturer perception that the Library/lecturer partnership for online reading list provision was imbalanced to favour Library objectives at lecturer expense. Problems of information and communication shortfalls were identified, and suggestions made for possible Library approaches in overcoming barriers to cooperative reading list provision and use.