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Acquisitions Managers & Vendors Interest Group

Sunday, February 1, 2015
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, US/Central

The Acquisitions Managers and Vendors IG will be discussing the following topic at ALA Midwinter 2015:

“Using what we’ve got – analyzing data in a useful way”
The panelists are: Leslie Button, Associate Director for Library Services, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Krista Coulson, Digital Publishing Manager, University of Chicago Press, and Daniel Dollar, Director of Collection Development, Yale University Library

Usage data has become more and more important in collection development, but how are librarians to use this information in a way that informs collections thoughtfully? Should historical usage drive acquisitions, or should collections be built with maximum usage in mind? What kinds of decisions are made based on usage patterns? How much weight should be given to usage versus “just in case” collection building. The panelists will speak of best practices for obtaining, analyzing, and putting to use the myriad data available today.

Please bring questions for the panel and join the discussion!

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