Curriculum Support in Public Libraries: A Descriptive Analysis of Collections in North Carolina’s Triangle Region

by McCrea, B.

Abstract (Summary)
This study investigates curriculum support through a content analysis of the OPACs of three public library systems in North Carolina’s Triangle region: Wake County Public Libraries, Durham County Libraries, and the Hyconeechee Regional Library System. The results of the analysis are used to determine the relative extent to which these systems support the curricular need of local students, where the concept of “curriculum support” is measured in terms of the number of titles and age of their publication. Results indicate that these library systems make an effort to support students’ academic information needs, but that coverage of curricular subjects is often imbalanced and lacks a purposeful approach to collection development.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Sandra Hughes-Hassell

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:public libraries north carolina services to young adults collection development evaluation


Date of Publication:04/04/2008

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