The following results of the BLRIC study, with comparisons of some from the FIGIT study, are arranged under the following headings:
|Questionnaires sent out||644|
|Returned as 'gone away'||8|
|Returned not completed|
(for a variety of good reasons
e.g.library closed down)
|Completed questionnaire response rates|
|All other libraries||45%|
|Overall response rate||53%|
|Number of libraries||Total titles in stocks|
* 23 public libraries provided totals of the number of 'items' in their stocks instead of the number of 'titles' as requested. Estimates of the totals of their 'titles' were produced using the CIPFA Public Library Statistics 1994-95 actual (1996) and the formula described in Section 4.5.6. Using the same method it was possible to estimate the total titles in the 71 libraries which did not respond to the survey. .
** 'Other Libraries' included the following: broadcasting, business, charity, endowed, government funded institute, hobby and club, national special, NHS/public health, poetry, private, quango, record office, religious, research council, trades union, and five 'unclassified'.
|45 public libraries with items in CIPFA Statistics totalling 25,813,000|
|50% adult fiction and children's books:||3 items per title||4,302,166|
|35% adult non-fiction:||2 items per title||4,517,275|
|15% reference stock:||1.5 items per title||2,581,300|
|26 non-respondent libraries lacking CIPFA figures|
|26 x 253,350||6,639,100|
|Total titles||Number of m/r records available|
|Total titles||Best estimate of number
of records needing to be
|Records for conversion
as % of total titles
|Total number of titles||Converted titles||Currently converting||*Planned conversion|
This table gives details of the number of titles and records for special collections which are included in the totals given in Table 3.
* Appendix D gives a sample of the lists which could be produced of special collections as a result of the data gathered in the two studies.
'Current' and 'planned' programmes were not mutually exclusive and there is a measure of overlap in the totals. It should also be noted that it was clear that in a number of instances the 'planned' totals given were best hopes rather than firm estimates.
**Using the same method of calculation as detailed in 5.1 above, it is estimated that the total titles for printed items in special collections in all the UK's public libraries is 6,900,000 and that 40% (2,800,000) of these are in local collections, with 5,300,000 catalogue records awaiting conversion.
*** Several of the 'other' libraries were unable to provide details
of the number of titles in their special collections and the
total is almost certainly higher than shown above.
|Guardbook||Printed book||Card||Sheaf||Microfilmed||Other non-m/r|
|Machine readable catalogues||No catalogues|
|Number of non-m/r forms|
|Other HEFCE funded||2|