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At your leisure : establishing a popular reading collection at UBC Libraries Diers, Bailey 2011

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PURPOSE Implementing leisure reading collections is an emerging trend in academic libraries (Dewan, 2010). The scope of  this study is to investigate the possible need for a leisure reading collection at the UBC Library as well as develop a picture of  what type of  collection will best suit the needs of  the UBC community. METHODOLOGY This study consisted of  an online questionnaire distributed to UBC undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and community members. In October 2010, after passing ethical review, the questionnaire ran for two weeks. An email with a link to the online questionnaire was sent to a random sample of the user groups, and additionally was advertised for open participation. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS We would like to thank Rick Kopak, Jo Anne Newyear-Ramirez, and UBC librarians and Library staff  for their assistance, input and support. CONCLUSION The results of  this study have prompted UBC Library to pilot a leisure reading collection. Since respondents indicated strong interest in titles and genres that are already well represented in UBC Library, a separate browseable space with materials UBC already owns could fulfill many patrons’ leisure reading desires. 61.9 31.9 6.2 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 Yes Maybe No Va li d  P er ce nt  Would you use a leisure reading collection at UBC? 81% 19% Specific authors and titles requested by respondents  UBC has  UBC does not have 7% 45% 38% 10% Undergraduate Students 0% 15% 48% 37% Faculty + Staff 1% 37% 46% 16% Graduate Students 0% 19% 56% 25% Community Members Average hours per week of leisure reading           I don’t read for leisure                 Less than 2 hours                 Between 2-6 hours                 More than 6 hours FINDINGS Our study showed overwhelming support for a leisure reading collection at UBC Library and also indicated strong leisure reading habits across all user groups. REFERENCES ‪Dewan, P. (2010). Why Your Academic Library Needs a Popular Reading Collection Now More‬‪Than Ever. College & Undergraduate Libraries, 17 (1), 44-46.‬ Gallick, J.D. (1999). Do they read for pleasure? Recreational reading habits of  college students. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 42 (6), 480-488.


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