ERIC Number: ED243494
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Collection Analysis Project: Wolfgram Memorial Library. Summary Findings and Recommendations.
A collection analysis project (CAP) was conducted at the Wolfgram Memorial Library of Widener University (Pennsylvania) in 1983 in order to critically evaluate library collection development methods in relation to the present and anticipated needs of faculty and students. The project followed a model developed by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). It was found that the collection was seriously below acceptable national standards and not meeting academic needs and that problems existed in library funding, material selection, allocation of funds, librarian/faculty communication, and library resource sharing. It was recommended that a collection development policy be formulated and implemented; adequate funding be obtained for special projects, regular operating allocations, and new information technology and services; librarian/faculty communication be formalized; a comprehensive collection assessment program be developed and initiated; goals be developed for closer cooperation among the three Widener libraries; and resource sharing with non-Widener libraries be reviewed. Following the summary findings and recommendations, interim reports are presented on the project's mission, goals, and objectives; environmental factors affecting collection development; the background and nature of Widener University; and the history of the Wolfgram Memorial Library's collection. Task Force reports listed in the table of contents are not included. (ESR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC. Office of Management Studies.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Collection Assessment; Library Funding; Resource Sharing; User Needs; Widener University PA