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Collection analysis outcomes in an academic library

Collection analysis outcomes in an academic library Purpose – The intent of this article is to illustrate outcomes and results of a collection analysis done by a smaller academic library. Design/methodology/approach – The collection was evaluated using an online analysis tool combined with a physical inventory of the collection. Findings – Peer group comparisons revealed some of the problems with this particular collection were also widespread among the comparison libraries. The value of the e‐book collection to patrons was clear: not only did e‐books provide resources to remote students; they help compensate for shortfalls in the print collection. Practical implications – The catalog more accurately reflects what is on the shelf and also what is reported to OCLC. Access to the collection has been improved and enhanced. Steps were taken to refocus the library's collection development procedures and management. The changes made have led to increased faculty involvement in selection and a more balanced, more comprehensive collection management plan. Originality/value – For any library considering whether they can or should do an analysis, the article illustrates that the benefits are well worth the time and expense. The analysis had a positive impact on collection development and management. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Collection Building Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0160-4953
DOI
10.1108/01604950810886022
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Abstract

Purpose – The intent of this article is to illustrate outcomes and results of a collection analysis done by a smaller academic library. Design/methodology/approach – The collection was evaluated using an online analysis tool combined with a physical inventory of the collection. Findings – Peer group comparisons revealed some of the problems with this particular collection were also widespread among the comparison libraries. The value of the e‐book collection to patrons was clear: not only did e‐books provide resources to remote students; they help compensate for shortfalls in the print collection. Practical implications – The catalog more accurately reflects what is on the shelf and also what is reported to OCLC. Access to the collection has been improved and enhanced. Steps were taken to refocus the library's collection development procedures and management. The changes made have led to increased faculty involvement in selection and a more balanced, more comprehensive collection management plan. Originality/value – For any library considering whether they can or should do an analysis, the article illustrates that the benefits are well worth the time and expense. The analysis had a positive impact on collection development and management.

Journal

Collection BuildingEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 4, 2008

Keywords: Collections management; Academic staff; User interfaces; Data analysis; Academic libraries

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