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Similarities in Circulation Patterns among Public Library Branches Serving Diverse Populations

John R. Ottensmann, Raymond E. Gnat and Michael E. Gleeson
The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy
Vol. 65, No. 1 (Jan., 1995), pp. 89-118
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4308999
Page Count: 30
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Abstract

This article examines the circulation of adult books in public library branches and the distribution of circulation across subject categories for the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library. As found in many other studies, levels of circulation varied widely among branches and were related to the characteristics of the populations served. The distributions of the subjects of the books circulated did not vary greatly between branches or between groups of branches classified by social and economic characteristics. Both traditional statistical measures and the index of dissimilarity were used to ascertain the degree of differences in circulation patterns among the branches. In only some subject categories were branch circulation levels related to various social and economic characteristics of the populations served.

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