January 20, 2022

Preprint: “Consortial Book Circulation Patterns: The OCLC-OhioLINK Study”

The following article (preprint) is scheduled for publication in the November, 2014 issue of College and Research Libraries. It was accepted for publication on August 12, 2013.


Consortial Book Circulation Patterns: The OCLC-OhioLINK Study


Dr. Edward T. O’Neill

Julia A. Gammon
University of Akron 


College and Research Libraries 


The OhioLINK consortium and OCLC Research collected and analyzed circulation data for libraries within the consortium. The study, which examines the circulation of 28,475,701 items from over 100 academic libraries, is the largest and most diverse compilation of academic usage data for books ever collected. The authors outline the study methodology, analyze the data, and offer insights into the consortium-wide collection usage. Circulation patterns analyzed include subject and language usage, as well as scattering, obsolescence and duplication. The study results and conclusions offer valuable insights for library collection planning including library purchasing, storage considerations and future usage prediction.

Direct to Full Text Article (13 pages; PDF)

See Also:  OhioLINK-OCLC Collection and Circulation Analysis Project 2011 (September 21, 2011)

See Also: Dr. O’Neil’s Bio (via OCLC)

See Also: Julia Gammon’s LinkedIn Profile

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