Library and Information Science

Library and Information Science ISSN: 2435-8495
三田図書館・情報学会 Mita Society for Library and Information Science
〒108‒8345 東京都港区三田2‒15‒45 慶應義塾大学文学部図書館・情報学専攻内 c/o Keio University, 2-15-45 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan
Library and Information Science 28: 121-143 (1990)

原著論文Original Article

公共図書館の利用要因の時系列的分析A time series analysis of use of public libraries in Tokyo

浦安市立中央図書館Uayasu Public Library ◇ 〒279-0004 千葉県浦安市猫実一丁目2番1号 ◇ Nekozane 1-2-1, Urayasu-shi, Chiba 279-0004, Japan

受付日:1990年3月29日Received: March 29, 1990
発行日:1991年3月31日Published: March 31, 1991

The objective of this study is to clarify factors which affect use of public libraries, using multiple regression models. Other studies in this area do not take the time factor into account. Therefore, this study compares five multiple regression models on five different points in time between 1965 and 1985. The criterion variable is per capita circulation, while explanatory variables are data on library resources (per capita collection, etc.) and community profile. All twenty-three Tokyo wards and all of the cities in Tokyo metropolitan are selected for analysis.

Results indicate that the effects of explanatory variables on per capita circulation are different at different points in time. The variables which explain the variance in per capita circulation at all the points in time are: (1) per capita collection, (2) population of community per thousand librarians, (3) daytime population, and (4) proportion of professional or administrative workers in the working population. Analysis of correlations between all explanatory variables shows that behind these four determinant variables are the following three fundamental factors of library use: (1) resourcefulness of the library, as measured by, for example, per capita collection and population per thousand librarians, (2) whether the library is located in a commercial or residential area, and (3) education. The second point shows that public libraries in Tokyo have adjusted themselves mainly to the needs of residential areas, rather than those of commercial areas.

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