Content from EBSS Current Topics Discussion #1: Methods for Evaluating Collections
EBSS hosted the first of two virtual Current Topics Discussions on Dec. 7, 2011. Dana Peterman, UC-Irvine was our facilitator. Dana's PowerPoint presentation and the chat transcript are attached. Resources mentioned in the discussion and Dana's bibliography are below.
Websites used or implied during the presentation Evaluating Collections – EBSS Current Topics
A free database comparison tool with over 350 resources; compares full text and indexed title lists; details embargos by title; Includes dates of coverage for both index and full-text; provides list of titles unique to the database; includes ISSNs
Comes out of http://researcher.sfu.ca/about at ReSearcher at Simon Fraser University.
Schonfeld, R. C., & Housewright, R. (2010). Faculty survey 2009: Key strategic insights for libraries, publishers, and societies. ITHAKA S+R. Retrieved from http://www.ithaka.org/ithaka-s-r/research/faculty-surveys-2000-2009
A report showing how faculty comfort levels with electronic publications have changed by subject area.
JISC Academic Database Assessment Tool
A free database comparison tool with about 24 resources. Compares title lists, interfaces, and platforms.
Serials Solutions Overlap Analysis Tool
Not free. Includes unique, overlap, full overlap, partial overlap, and unique holding information for databases that you have purchased. Can export and download data as Excel.
Ulrich’s Periodical Directory (aka Ulrichsweb)
Not free. Owned by Serials Solutions. Searchable directory of journals containing reviews from Magazines for Libraries, Library Journal and more. May also subscribe to Ulrich’s Serial Analysis System. No metrics included.
EBSS Core Psychology Journals
Free. Developed by the Psychology Committee of EBSS, analyzes and ranks journals in mulitiple ways from PsycINFO including by APA Classification.
Journal Citation Reports/ISI Web of Science/Web of Knowledge/
Not free. The Journal Citation Reports database of this product family includes impact factors and Eigenfactors for all titles indexed in Web of Knowledge.
COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources)
Try to locate vendors that are COUNTER compliant. Ebsco is one.
Not free. Covers publishing opportunities.
WorldCat Analysis Tool
Not free. Covers monographs. Must be careful to set up correct peers for comparison. The administrative module may be used to set up a FRBR’d (http://www.loc.gov/cds/downloads/FRBR.PDF) collection analysis, though it cannot work perfectly owing to variations in owning institution cataloging practices (e.g. serials that are not analyzed).
Links shared by participants: Thanks to Catherine Michael, Kate Corby, Kay Buchana, and Susan Edwards
This bibliography includes current works of a general nature covering collection analysis and evaluation of materials in the social sciences including those represented fields of EBSS. This bibliography does not include references to articles specifically about the sciences. The majority of material was published 2007 and later. Two documents published 2005 and 2006 respectively are included; one because it is highly cited and the other because it covers ILL as a predictor of collection use. These citations were found by searching Ebsco and CSA Illumina platform databases using the following keywords: collection analysis, collection evaluation, collection management, academic libraries, research libraries.
I cross-referenced all of the resulting citations I chose with Google Scholar to obtain some of the more current citations.
Adams, B., & Noel, B. (2008). Circulation statistics in the evaluation of collection development. Collection Building, 27(2), 71-73. doi:10.1108/01604950810870227
Austenfeld, A. (2009). Building the college library collection to support curriculum growth. Collection Management, 34(3), 209-227. doi: 10.1080/01462670902975027
Beals, J., & Gilmour, R. (2007). Assessing collections using brief tests and WorldCat Collection Analysis. Collection Building, 26(4), 104-107. doi: 10.1108/01604950710831898
Bergstrom, C. (2007). Eigenfactor: Measuring the value and prestige of scholarly journals. C&RL News, 68(5), 314–316. http://crln.acrl.org/content/68/5/314.full.pdf+html
Bhatt, J., & Denick, D. (2009). JISC's Academic Database Assessment Tool as a collection development and management tool for bibliographic databases. Collection Management, 34(3), 234-241. doi: 10.1080/01462670902962983
Bobal, A. M., Mellinger, M., & Avery, B. E. (2008). Collection assessment and new academic programs. Collection Management, 33(4), 288-301. doi: 10.1080/01462670802369875
Borin, J., & Yi, H. (2011). Assessing an academic library collection through capacity and usage indicators: testing a multi-dimensional model. Collection Building, 30(3), 120-125. doi: 10.1108/01604951111146956
Colledge , L., de Moya‐Anegón, F., Guerrero‐Bote, V., López‐Illescas, C., El Aisati, M., & Moedm H. (2010). SJR and SNIP: Two new journal metrics in Elsevier's Scopus. Serials: The Journal for the Serials Community, 23 (3), 215-221. doi: 10.1629/23215
Crosetto, A., Kinner, L., & Duhon, L. (2008). Assessment in a tight time frame: Using readily available data to evaluate your collection. Collection Management, 33(1/2), 29-50. doi: doi: 10.1080/01462670802157908
Culbertson, M., & Wilde, M. (2009). Collection analysis to enhance funding for research materials. Collection Building, 28(1), 9-17. doi: 10.1108/01604950910928466
deVries, S., Kelly, R., & Storm, P. M. (2010). Moving beyond citation analysis: How surveys and interviews enhance, enrich, and expand your research findings. College & Research Libraries, 71, 456-466. Retrieved from http://crl.acrl.org/content/71/5/456.full.pdf+html
Enger, K. (2009). Using citation analysis to develop core book collections in academic libraries. Library & Information Science Research, 31(2), 107-112. doi: 10.1016/j.lisr.2008.12.003
Henry, E., Longstaff, R., & Van Kampen, D. (2008). Collection analysis outcomes in an academic library. Collection Building, 27(3), 113-117. doi: 10.1108/01604950810886022
Hoffman, K., & Doucette, L. (in press). A review of citation analysis methodologies for collection management. College & Research Libraries, 72(6). Retrieved from http://crl.acrl.org/content/early/2011/07/21/crl-254.full.pdf+html
Hulbert L., Roach, D., & Julian, G. (2011). Integrating usage statistics into collection development decisions. The Serials Librarian,60, (1-4), 158-163. doi: 10.1080/0361526X.2011.556027
Jacsó , P. (2010). The JISC Academic Database Assessment Tool – Virtues and vices. Online Information Review, 34, 806-814. doi: 10.1108/14684521011084636
Levine-Clark, M., & Jobe, M. M. (2007). Do reviews matter? An analysis of usage and holdings of Choice-reviewed titles within a consortium. Journal Of Academic Librarianship, 33(6), 639-646. doi: 10.1016/j.acalib.2007.09.002
Matlak, J. (2010). What drives usage. Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 22(3-4), 144-165. doi: 10.1080/1941126X.2010.535739
Merja, H., Ahlholm-Kannisto, A., & Nurminen, H. (2010). How to evaluate library collections: A case study of collection mapping. Collection Building, 29(2), 43-49. doi: 10.1108/01604951011040125
Monroe-Gulick, M., & Currie, L. (2011). Using the WorldCat Collection Analysis Tool: Experiences From the University of Kansas Libraries. Collection Management, 36(4), 203-216. doi: 10.1080/01462679.2011.604907
Mortimore, J. M. (2005). Access-informed collection development and the academic library: Using holdings, circulation, and ILL data to develop prescient collections. Collection Management, 30(3), 21. doi: 10.1300/J105v30n03_03
Nederhof, A. J. (2006). Bibliometric monitoring of research performance in the social sciences and the humanities: A review. Scientometrics, 66(1), 81-100. doi: 10.1007/s11192-006-0007-2
Nixon, J. (2010). A study of circulation statistics of books on demand: A decade of patron-driven collection development, part 3. Collection Management, 35(3/4), 151-161. doi: 10.1080/01462679.2010.486963
Orr, S., Head, J., & Nance, J. (2010). Quantitative analysis of commercial online resources subscribed to by twenty-three academic libraries. Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 22(1-2), 11-17. doi: 10.1080/1941126X.2010.486706
Pickett, C., Stephens, J., Kimball, R., Ramirez, D., Thornton, J., & Burford, N. (2011). Revisiting an abandoned practice: The death and resurrection of collection development policies. Collection Management, 36(3), 165-181. doi: 10.1080/01462679.2011.580426
Salisbury, L. S. (2010). The use of Web of Knowledge to study publishing and citation use for local researchers at the campus level. Collection Management, 35(2), 69. doi: 10.1080/01462671003597959
Slater, R. (2009). E-books or print books, “big deals” or local selections—What gets more use?. Library Collections, Acquisitions, & Technical Services, 33(1), 31-41. doi: 10.1016/j.lcats.2009.03.002
Teel, L. M. (2008). Applying the basics to improve the collection. Collection Building, 27(3), 96-103. doi: 10.1108/01604950810885997
Tucker, C. (2009). Benchmarking usage statistics in collection management decisions for serials. Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 21(1), 48-61. doi: 10.1080/19411260902858581
Tucker, J. (2009). Collection assessment of monograph purchases at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries. Collection Management, 34(3), 157-181. doi: 10.1080/01462670902962959
White, H. D. (2008). Better than brief tests: Coverage power tests of collection strength. College & Research Libraries, 69(2), 155-174. Retrieved from http://crl.acrl.org/content/69/2/155.full.pdf+html
Wilde, M. (2011). How to drink from a fire hose without drowning: Collection assessment in a numbers-driven environment. Collection Management, 36(4), 217. doi: 10.1080/01462679.2011.604771