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dc.contributor.authorSerebnick, Judith
dc.contributor.authorQuinn, Frank
dc.identifier.citationJudith Serebnick, & Quinn, F. (1995). Measuring Diversity of Opinion in Public Library Collections. The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy, 65(1), 1-38. Retrieved May 19, 2021, from
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dc.description.abstractThis study was intended to develop a method for measuring diversity of opinion in public library collections and to test the method in selected Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) libraries. The method was broadly conceived and included locating an objective index of diversity (Simpson's index), identifying the population of diverse materials available for selection by librarians, and selecting key variables that relate to high or low levels of diversity in individuals libraries. Four potentially controversial subject areas were investigated, namely, abortion, capital punishment, disarmament or arms control, and euthanasia. Testing the method included analyzing questionnaires and library holdings of books and audiovisual materials, publishing and reviewing patterns, checklists from special interest groups, and regression analysis data related to creating models of significant independent variables that affect diversity scores of individual public libraries.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipSupported by an OCLC Library and Information Science Research Granten_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Chicago Pressen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States*
dc.subjectCollection Developmenten_US
dc.subjectResearch Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Other social sciences::Library and information scienceen_US
dc.subjectSimpson's Indexen_US
dc.titleMeasuring Diversity of Opinion in Public Library Collectionsen_US
dc.typeArticle, Publisheden_US

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