- Empirical Study for Optimal Size of Public Libraries
- No.46, p.1-36
Although the problem of library size is one of the classical issues in the field of library science, there has been very little direct discussion on it. Then, the purposes of this paper are to suggest methodologies for defining optimal library size in the viewpoint of efficiency, and to verify the applicability of those.
In this study, two different methodologies were conducted using the statistical data of Japanese public libraries past four years (1997-2000). Actual analysis was performed in two levels, which is municipal-level and service point-level. It was found that the concept of library’s efficiency isn’t consistent one. Because optimal library size also differ, when the combination of variables are differed, even if it used the same methodology.
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