ERIC Number: EJ1066060
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Usage-Based Collection Evaluation with a Curricular Focus
Kohn, Karen C.
College & Research Libraries, v74 n1 p85-97 Jan 2013
Systematic evaluation of a library's collection can be a useful tool for collection development. After reviewing three evaluation methods and their usefulness for our small academic library, I undertook a usage-based evaluation, focusing on narrow segments of our collection that served specific undergraduate courses. For each section, I collected data on the number of books owned, number of checkouts in the past four years, and number of unique books used. Using examples from the data, I discuss possible ways to interpret and act on the data. I also note how the knowledge gained from this evaluation fits into the larger toolkit of librarian competencies for collection development.
Descriptors: Library Materials, Library Services, Evaluation Methods, Academic Libraries, Undergraduate Study, College Curriculum, Use Studies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
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