ACRL WESS (Western European Studies Section) Section
- Germanists’ and Romance Languages Discussion Groups Joint Meeting
- ALA Annual 2016 in Orlando, Florida
- Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 1:00-2:30 pm
- Venue: HIL Florida Ballroom 3
Following Sarah Tudesco’s presentation at Midwinter 2016 on assessment of foreign language materials at Yale, we will continue our discussion about assessment of collections. For background, see Sarah’s presentation Media: Western_European_Collection_Analysis.ppt and the minutes from the Midwinter’s meeting.
- I. Introductions and Announcements (Brian Vetruba) (5 mins.)
- II. Discussion Topic: “Dive into the Data, Part Two: Collections Assessment at our own Libraries” (45 mins)
- COLLECTIONS ASSESSMENT AT YOUR LIBRARY
- -As a subject librarian, how do you gather or interpret usage or circulation data? How often and in what ways?
- -How are decisions made as far as actions on assessment data (i.e. de-selection, cutting, adding funds to underdeveloped collections, etc?
- -Do you look at circulation data to tweak approval plans?
- -How does non-metric (qualitative) assessment factor in?
- COMMUNICATING USAGE AND CIRCULATION DATA
- -How do you communicate collections data to administrators?
- -How do you communicate this data to faculty?
- -Are administrators cognizant of the particulars regarding foreign language collections (e.g. smaller number of potential users than for English collections)?
- -Are there best practices? Are there approaches that have worked or ones that haven’t?
- III. 2017 Frankfurt Symposium - Update and Discussion (Heidi Madden) (30 mins.)
- IV. Being a convener: the Hows, Whats, Getting Help; Discussion Topic Ideas for Future Meetings (Brian, Heidi, Kristen lead) (10 mins.)
WESS is gearing up for events at ALA 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando.
You are invited to the WESS Social, Sunday June 26 from 7-9 pm at Cuba Libre. Tickets cost $33, and include drinks and food. Everyone is welcome! Questions? Contact Adan Griego (email@example.com).
Purchase tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/acrl-wess-reception-in-orlando-tickets-24653720943
We would like to thank Adam Matthew Digital, Brepols, Cairn, Casalini Libri, Erasmus, DeGruyter, Harrassowitz, and Puvill for their support of this event.
Hope to see you there!
Documenting and preserving minority cultures is an ongoing challenge for libraries and archives as most of this cultural production continues to exist beyond the mainstream. Such is the case for sexual minorities in progressive societies like those of France, Italy and Spain. The various voices from a panel (an independent researcher, a literary scholar, an academic librarian, and an activist-publisher) provide a learning opportunity not only to assess voids in our collections but also offer novel strategies for addressing such gaps.