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ALCTS CMS Collection Evaluation and Assessment Interest Group at ALA Annual

Sunday, June 30, 2013
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, US/Central

Revealing information about our collections: Taking a closer look
McCormick Place Convention Center N140
Sunday, June 30, 2013, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

This IG session will highlight four different approaches to evaluating and assessing collections: A focused study using citation analysis, a detailed study of ILL requests and circulation data, a consortia wide strategy to provide members with ways to analyze their collections and also an analysis of usage by platform, comparing a locally created platform with a publisher created one.

Here are abstracts for the four sessions:

Using SCOPUS To Study Citing Behavior For Collection Development
Irene Ke, Psychology & Social Work Librarian
University of Houston

With increasingly restricted budgetary conditions and greater emphasis on accountability, it is important that we still continue to enhance the quality and relevancy of our collections and generate evidence that links our collections to campus scholarly output.  Citation analysis can help us do both. Our study took advantage of features in SCOPUS to make the work of citation analysis much less time-intensive.  It aimed to examine how psychology researchers use information for their work and how the library collections have contributed to the university’s scholarly output  by analyzing the references cited in articles published by psychology researchers at the University of Houston over the past 10 years.

Using Acquisitions, Circulation, and ILL Data to Study Collection Practices
Forrest E. Link, Acquisitions Librarian
The College of New Jersey Library

Librarians at TCNJ wanted to assess how well recent acquisitions were meeting user needs and learn what ILL requests might reveal concerning deficits in our collection. To do this, we extracted circulation data for titles purchased between 2008 and 2012 with imprint dates of 2007-2011 and OCLC ILL user statistics for the past four fiscal years (July 2008-June 2012) with imprints from 2007 onward. While the initial goal was to discover the conditions under which ILL demand-driven acquisitions might be appropriate, in the process of gathering and analyzing data further questions arose concerning our assumptions about what ILL data reveals about both our collections and our borrowers.

What’s the Big Deal? Collection Evaluation at the National Level
Eva Jurczyk, Member Services & Licensing Officer
Canadian Research Knowledge Network

The Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) is a partnership of 75 universities dedicated to expanding digital content for the university research enterprise in Canada. This presentation will discuss two assessment methodologies that allow member institutions to evaluate their participation in consortia Big Deals, and to identify key journals for their institutions.  The first method assesses the cost-per-use of high use journals in a big deal package and the second method, modified from the methodology set out by the California Digital Library, assesses journal packages by measuring the quality, utility, and value of individual titles.

Mine or theirs, where do users go? A comparison of collection usage at locally hosted platforms versus publisher platforms
Juleah Swanson, Acquisitions Librarian for Electronic Resources
Ohio State University Libraries

This presentation will share research on recent trends in usage of electronic content by platform, comparing patron usage at a publisher platform, Elsevier’s Science Direct, to patron usage of the same content at a locally hosted platform, OhioLINK’s Electronic Journal Center. From the data, this presentation will open up a discussion on whether there is a continued place for locally hosted digital collections in our libraries; as well as what the long term implications are for relying on publisher platforms for our collections.