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 79: 59-84 (2018)

原著論文Original Article

公立図書館における指定管理者制度導入館と直営館の所蔵図書と貸出状況A survey of book collections and circulations of Japanese public libraries managed under designated administrator system and by local governments

1筑波大学大学院図書館情報メディア研究科図書館情報メディア専攻Course of Library, Information and Media Studies, Graduate School of Library, Information and Media Studies, University of Tsukuba ◇ 〒305-8550 茨城県つくば市春日一丁目2番地 ◇ Kasuga 1-2, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8550, Japan

2筑波大学図書館情報メディア系Faculty of Library, Information and Media Science, University of Tsukuba ◇ 〒305-8550 茨城県つくば市春日一丁目2番地 ◇ Kasuga 1-2, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8550, Japan

受付日:2017年8月9日Received: August 9, 2017
受理日:2017年12月14日Accepted: December 14, 2017
発行日:2018年6月30日Published: June 30, 2018




Purpose: In Japan, some argue that introducing “designated administrator system” to public libraries leads to poor collection and infringement of users’ rights to learn. However, few studies have been conducted on the large sample of libraries managed by this outsourcing system (“OS libraries”) and those managed directly by local governments (“LG libraries”). The purpose of this study is to clarify the differences of book collections and their circulations between OS and LG libraries, paying special attention to rights to learn.

Methods: We investigated books held by 413 OS and 2,619 LG libraries. The sample books were (1) 10,000 books published in 2013 and (2) 435 bestsellers. We investigated each library’s holdings and circulations of these books using Calil API. As for (1), properties of books such as NDC categories, C codes, out-of-prints or not and prices were considered. As for (2), publication years and the number of duplicates were also considered.

Results: The results show that OS libraries tend to hold practical/academic books and reference books more than LG libraries. In contrast, LG libraries tend to hold novels more than OS libraries. Moreover, some types of OS libraries were more prudent in holding comics than their corresponding LG libraries. It was also found that OS libraries tend to hold fewer bestsellers and their duplicates than LG libraries. In some LG libraries, many of the duplicates were not being borrowed. With these results, we can say that OS libraries are not infringing users’ rights to learn in an ordinary sense.

This page was created on 2020-05-25T10:13:17.385+09:00
This page was last modified on