Faculty Opinion as Collection Evaluation Method: a Case Study of Redeemer's University Library
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Library users judge the quality of a collection by the extent to which it can meet their teaching, learning, and research requirements. University faculty must have a library collection that meets their curricular and accreditation needs. A questionnaire was used to collect data from 70 academic staff who participated in the study. Findings revealed that most respondents find useful material in the library occasionally, but that the collection needs to be strengthened in particular subject areas and in print serials. Faculty judgments about the library might become even more critical in an environment where they do not have any means of expressing their opinion. The study recommends that collection development librarians should consider, in consultation with teaching faculty colleagues, what the library can and should provide, and how this balance will relate to teaching, learning, and research needs of users.