New Article: “At Your Leisure Pilot Project: Providing Leisure Reading Materials to a University Community through an Academic and Public Library Initiative”
The following article was recently published by Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research.
Suzanne van den Hoogen
Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library
The People’s Place Library
Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research
Vol. 12, No. 1 (2017)
Leisure reading collections were once as integral to academic libraries as they currently are to public libraries. This article examines the results of a partnership between an academic and a public library to provide access to leisure reading materials to a university community through a one-year pilot project. Data were collected using circulation statistics, gate counts, and comment cards in the form of book inserts. During the pilot, gate counts increased by 6%, and 91% of participants indicated that they would continue to use the collection often or sometimes. The pilot was officially adopted as a new service at the end of the one-year trial period.
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