Collection size vs. usage

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One of the significant moments of my learning journey while studying Collection Development has been that of library collection size vs. usage of materials in the collection. Prior to undertaking my studies I admit that I, like many others, judged libraries on appearance, ie. how many books in the collection and how they were displayed etc. I now, however, realise that it is also important to consider the usage of the resources and the fact that increasingly the library collection may contain many more digital resources, therefore it is difficult to simply judge a library collection based solely on visual first impressions.

In a conversation with the current TL I found it alarming that many of the print resources in the library have not been borrowed for a great length of time

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