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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.

Cabell’s directories
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


Dana's Bibliography:

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.

Dana Peterman

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