Analysis of the Proportion and Frequency of Borrowed Books from the Faculty of Agriculture’s Library, Chiang Mai University

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Natthapat Insoun

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      This study aims 1) to analyze the frequency of books, borrowed from the Faculty of Agriculture’s library in Chiang Mai University based on the borrowing rates and books’ call numbers; 2) to analyze the proportion and frequency of borrowed books as it pertained to the curriculum, and based on the data extracted from the library’s automation system; and finally 3) to draft strategies and to design development plans for information resources for the Faculty of Agriculture’s library. The study was conducted by analyzing the frequency of textbooks borrowed from the library using the information available from the library’s automation system between 2010 and 2019. The research revealed that on average Thai books were borrowed and used more frequently when compared to foreign books. However, foreign textbooks appeared to have had higher borrowing frequency when utilized for practical and more specific purposes as compared to Thai general textbooks. Furthermore, the results of the study, based on the textbooks’ call numbers, revealed that both Thai and foreign books were borrowed more than one time with the highest borrowing frequency being associated with the 600 category (Applied Science & Technology) and the 630 subcategory relating to Agriculture, respectively. In addition, the outcomes of the study pointed to the fact that two departments, namely: Horticulture & Animal and Aquatic Sciences, appeared to have been the most frequent users of both Thai and foreign textbooks. Thus, it is critical that the library considers the users’ needs as well as the frequency and types of borrowed resources when purchasing new textbooks. Finally, the findings and information from this study shall be included in the information resources for development plans of the Faculty of Agriculture’s library at Chiang Mai University in order to serve the needs of the patrons and to further promote the efficiency of the library’s budget management.

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