18 · Survey Results: Survey Questions and Responses
1. How many community-based collections does your library hold (total)? N=55
19 respondents reported 0 community-based collections 36 reported one or more.
Minimum Maximum Mean Median Std Dev
1 1000 53.50 2.00 189.26
#of Collections Responses
0 19
1 10
2 10
3 1
4 2
5 2
6 0
7 1
10 1
12 1
15 2
15 6
2. Do you anticipate acquiring more community-based collections in the future? N=54
Yes, there is an increasing need for libraries to do so 28 54%
Yes, we are already discussing/negotiating another collection acquisition 12 23%
No 15 29%
Comments N=21
Answered Yes N=15
Community-based collections are central to everything we do (documenting Mormonism as a whole, as well as groups,
organizations, individuals, and families within this group).
For clarity, this survey will only discuss non-university community records.
Historically the University of Pennsylvania has accepted the institutional records of a small number of active
Philadelphia-based community organizations. UPenn is perceived to have the space and resources to provide secure
storage of an organization’s papers and provide access. With respect to selection, Penn Library curators select materials
that have a high research value.
In addition to the Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives, the Syracuse University Libraries’ Special
Collections Research Center holds the Oneida Community Collection (1811–1983, bulk dates 1850–1900). The Pan Am
Flight 103 Archives was ultimately chosen as the Libraries’ representative collection owing to the significant involvement
of Archives staff with members of the Pan Am 103 community, and the collection’s ongoing expansion. The Libraries
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