Genre Fiction Classification: A Continuation Study of Its Reception by Patrons in the Durham County (NC) Public Library

by Huff, Kerri L.

Abstract (Summary)
Browsing has been shown to be the main way that most public library patrons locate new reading materials. A genre fiction classification scheme can to aid readers in their search for materials as well as preventing them from feeling overwhelmed when dealing with the entire fiction collection at once. This study investigates attitudes toward genre fiction classification by public library patrons in the Main Branch of the Durham County Public Library system in North Carolina. The survey was conducted, along with a comparison of circulation statistics, to determine the success of genre fiction classification several years after implementation. Respondents generally indicated satisfaction with the system. Fiction circulation continued to increase steadily.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Evelyn Daniel

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:browsing fiction classification public libraries – durham north carolina


Date of Publication:04/07/2006

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