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Questionnaire surveys to\ud discover academic staff and\ud library staff perceptions of a\ud National Union catalogue

By P. Stubley and T. Kidd

Abstract

During the feasibility study into a National Union catalogue for the UK (UKNUC), a\ud questionnaire survey was undertaken of the needs of both academic staff in higher education and\ud library staff. A response rate of 40-50 per cent was achieved, 846 questionnaires being returned\ud for academics and 724 for librarians. The analysis suggests that a UKNUC would be highly\ud valued and heavily used by all categories. Academics felt it would have a positive effect on their\ud information searching, and wished to include the holdings of the British Library, and libraries of\ud both the major research universities and the ``traditional’’ universities. They wanted it to be\ud comprehensive and easy to use, to include locations of both books and journals, and to facilitate\ud subject collection searching. Library staff have similar priorities to academics, although there are\ud more variations by sector and a recognition of a UKNUC’s value as a potential source of\ud bibliographic records

Year: 2002
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.whiterose.ac.uk:136

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