barcodes and use studies ERCELAA@VUCTRVAX.BITNET 27 Apr 1992 22:14 UTC
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1992 14:20:00 EDT From: NARAYANA@QUCDN.QUEENSU.CA Subject: Barcodes and user studies Barcodes on journals are excellent for use studies PROVIDED THEY CIRCULATE. We are on the NOTIS system and our barcodes can read the number of charges that have been made on a book or bound journal. As well, they can also read the number of browses i.e number of times the book has been looked at without being charged out. We would like to acquire portable barcode readers but have to explore the cost etc. We have consistently used this online information for assessing our journal collection. We are told that with some local programming, it may be possible to know the department or area of study of the patron who is using the material. Unfortunately, since our single issues are not barcoded, we have to resort to other methods of use studies. Kamala.S Narayanan Ph:(613) 545 2831 Serials Librarian Fax:(613) 545 6819 Acquisitions/Serials Douglas Library Queen's University Kingston.Ontario K7L 5C4 Canada That this is only one of our methods for assessing journal titles.