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the collection development function.
2. The greater the number of graduate degrees offered
by the parent institution, the greater the degree of
formalization of the collection development function.
3. The greater the library's growth potential in
terms of available shelf space, the less formalized will
be the collection development function.
4. The greater the desire for cooperation on the part
of the library director, the greater the degree of formal-
zation of the collection development function.
5. The greater the number of memberships in coop-
erative endeavors, the greater the degree of formalization
of the collection development function.
6. The greater the percentage of increase in the
materials budget, the less formalized will be the
collection development function.
The findings of this study fail to support hypotheses
one, three, four, and six. The relationship between the
number of memberships in cooperative endeavors (hypothesis
five) is weak, but significant. Hypothesis two is not .
supported when the total group is considered, but it is
supported only when publicly-supported libraries are
considered. A positive relationship between size of
collection and level of collection development formali-
zation was found to be significant, as was the relation-
ship between number of graduate degrees and size of
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Harvill, Melba S. Formalization of Collection Development in Selected Medium-sized Academic Libraries, dissertation, December 1984; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc278902/m1/3/: accessed January 17, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .