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Collection Evaluation and Assessment Interest Group

Sunday, June 28, 2015
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, US/Pacific

1:05-1:25: Gauging User Interest in Non-Traditional Library Resources
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a government funded research laboratory based in Golden, Colorado. In addition to collecting traditional library resources such as journals, conference proceedings, and print and electronic books, the library also spends a significant portion of its collection development funds on resources not often found in many libraries: technical industry standards (e.g., ISO, IEC, ASTM, IEEE) and energy-related market reports. Assessing user needs for these resources is difficult. This presentation will discuss the NREL Library’s current collection assessment and development practices as they relate to these unique resources.

1:25-1:45: Inflated Journal Value Rankings: Pitfalls You Should Know About HTML and PDF Usage Based on Publisher Website Design
The California Digital Library (CDL) developed a value-based strategy to assess journals which is now used as a major part of the University of California's systemwide e-journal collection planning process. The strategy involves using objective metrics to calculate the value of scholarly journals. Among all the metrics used for the CDL Weighted Journal Value Algorithm, usage data is still the key metric. However, the usage data is not as reliable and comparable as might be expected. One of the reasons is that the design of a publisher's electronic interface can have a measurable effect on electronic journal usage statistics. Last year, CDL conducted a research project to study the impact on usage data of publisher website design. The presenters will discuss how vendor interfaces and other factors impact usage data.

1:45-2:05: Leveraging WorldCat Web Services for Collection Analysis
OCLC offers an array of web service APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) at no cost to contributing members of WorldCat. Though traditionally used to extract relevant bibliographic and holdings data from WorldCat in response to real-time requests, many of the APIs can be used in batch mode in support of a wide variety of collection analysis needs, both within and across institutions. This session will provide a general introduction to the WorldCat web service APIs, including eligibility requirements, registration procedures, documentation, support, use limitations, and a quick survey of some of the available APIs. It will also discuss use of the WorldCat Search API, the xID services, and the WorldCat Registry API for collection analysis purposes, illustrated by projects carried out at Cornell.

2:05-2:15: Q&A

Lightning Talks
2:15-2:22: Academic E-Books: Do DRM Restrictions Effect Usage?, Tara Tobin Cataldo, Science Collections Coordinator, University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries and Trey Shelton, E-Resources Librarian, University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries

2:23-2:30: Taking altmetrics beyond the article to the book: An introduction to the Bookmetrix project with Springer Books, Sara Rouhi, Product Specialist, Altmetric.com