Article Summary for Lecture # 11- Schmidt and Eckerman

Schmidt and Eckerman, 2001 – “Circulation of core collection monographs…”


One problems facing medical librarians in circulation is managing time when choosing which monographs would be most useful to their patrons.  Schmidt and Eckerman explain that too large an amount of time is spent on deciding which pieces should be in circulation and available to the patron, and there is really no technology (at the time this article was written) for aiding in this task.  The medical librarians have the very difficult task of choosing the monographs for academic medical libraries. The tools currently available were either not of use to the medical librarian or were not easily obtained.

The study described here was designed to determine whether circulation of the ‘‘listed’’ books in an academic setting justified the emphasis placed on their collection. The circulation statistics for books listed by four of the core collection lists were obtained and compared to the circulation statistics for books published in the same years but not included in the core lists.

Creating collection lists and charts to see which books are circulated the most can help determine which books would be more useful than others. The collections were broken down as follows:

  1. the ‘‘Brandon/Hill Selected List of Books and Journals for the Small Medical Library’’ (1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, and 1999 editions) [18–22],
  2. the ‘‘Brandon/Hill Selected List of Books and Jour- Circulation of core collection monographs Bull Med Libr Assoc 89(2) April 2001 167
  3. the ‘‘A Library for Internists’’ list (1991, 1994, and 1997 editions) [27–29], and
  4. the list of hematology references in Morton and Godbolt’s Information Sources in the Medical Sciences

Many of these core collections lists have been created in small hospital libraries, and can aid in choosing books for larger academic hospital libraries. As always, more research is needed to determine whether this method could be used in other settings and scenarios.  Providing more information in an easier and more convenient way for the patron is always important, but helping out our librarians is equally as important.


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