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Academic librarians’ role in gatekeeping: The influence of vendor labeling on academic library collections

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dc.contributor.author Cast-Brede, Melissa
dc.date.accessioned 2014-01-06T19:56:53Z
dc.date.available 2014-01-06T19:56:53Z
dc.date.created November, 2013 en_US
dc.date.issued 2014-01-06
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/3285
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study is to determine the influence of one corporate book vendor on collection holdings in seven Carnegie Class L academic libraries in the areas of practice of education and educational administration. The study uses the communicative rationality theory of Habermas (1989), the habitus work of Bourdieu (1988; 1993), and the gatekeeping theory of Lewin (1947) as theoretical frameworks for explaining how book vendors serve as a connection between organizations and individuals and the librarian’s gatekeeping role in collection development. Analysis of variance was used to measure overall congruence. Library employee size, vendor-supplied categories, and vendor-supplied labels were examined utilizing chi square test of analysis. While statistically significant difference was found in an overall analysis of the book holdings, no significant difference was found in examinations of the vendor-supplied categories nor vendor-supplied labels indicating congruence and the influence of the book vendor on book collections. Findings were mixed in the analyses involving number of library employees. Smaller academic libraries of 69 or fewer employees had significantly different collections than the two larger groups of libraries. Academic libraries with 70 to 95 employees and academic libraries with 96 or more employees did not have statistically different book collections indicating congruence. Book vendors were found to work at the routine level of analysis and to act as intermediaries who create legitimizing structures that influenced book selection. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Academic Libraries en_US
dc.subject Gatekeeping en_US
dc.subject Approval Plans en_US
dc.subject Book Vendors en_US
dc.subject Collection Development en_US
dc.subject Selection en_US
dc.subject Communicative Rationality en_US
dc.subject Habitus en_US
dc.title Academic librarians’ role in gatekeeping: The influence of vendor labeling on academic library collections en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.college slim en_US
dc.advisor Mirah Dow en_US
dc.department school of library and information management en_US

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