Collection Evaluation and Assessment Interest Group
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Evaluating Big Deals
Due to major budget cuts over the past three years UNC Greensboro has had to look closely at cutting its ‘Big Deal’ journal collections. After gathering use statistics, pricing, impact factors, and other journal information, a spreadsheet was constructed to compare the library’s Big Deals. By examining parameters such as total cost, total use, cost per use, and cost per title, the library was able to determine the cost of subscribing to high-use journals and identify which collections could be cut. This process was helpful in showing to administrators which Big Deal is right for the University and which could be eliminated. Other organizations are now using this model to evaluate their Big Deals.
Presenter: Beth Bernhardt
Electronic Resources Librarian, Jackson Library
University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Using User Data Analysis to Inform Decision Making
Over the past 15 years, JSTOR has logged millions of user interactions. We are now feeding this data into a virtual warehouse which can be queried and explored from a variety of perspectives. What can this data tell libraries about their users, research and teaching on their campuses, and what trends can we understand more broadly? Hear about some of our early explorations, the ways JSTOR uses this data to inform feature and program development, how we use custom analyses to help advise libraries on collection development, and bring your ideas and questions to help shape the way librarians can harness this data in the future.
Presenter: John Lenahan
Associate VP, Institutional Participation and Outreach
An Analysis of EBook Equivalent Coverage at The College of New Jersey Library
This presentation details the methodology of a study which compared the eBook offerings of major aggregators with circulation data and patron ILL requests. The results were examined from both a subject and imprint date perspective. Attendees will be presented with a tool to help them make more informed decisions regarding eBook collecting and learn that eBooks may meet only a fraction of the demand for monographic scholarly output. They will also be given a quantitative basis for deciding which subjects are best served by a strategy of patron driven acquisitions.
Presenter: Forrest Link
Acquisitions Librarian, TCNJ Library
The College of New Jersey
How to Win Friends and Relocate Materials: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Collection Moves
The time is ripe for assessment of collections before, during, and after any significant physical transfer of library materials. By approaching collection moves with a deliberate and multi-faceted strategy in mind, collection managers and other interested parties can draw multiple benefits from a given project, some perhaps not typically associated with the transfer of physical materials. This presentation will describe a collection management project undertaken at the University of Kentucky’s William T. Young Library during 2010-2012, focusing on the assessment strategies and variables employed to bring the project to completion, as well as the benefits derived through the application of those strategies. The audience will be invited to contribute by describing their own experiences with collection moves and associated outcomes.
Presenter: Heath Martin
Director of Collections, William T. Young Library
University of Kentucky
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