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Collection Evaluation in Academic Libraries


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Preface Acknowledgments Chapter 1. How Collection Evaluation Can Benefit Your Library Chapter 2. Approaches to Evaluating Your Collection Chapter 3. Before You Start Chapter 4. Benchmarking - Collecting and Analyzing the Data Chapter 5. Benchmarking-Interpreting and Acting on the Data Chapter 6. List-Checking - Collecting and Analyzing the Data Chapter 7. List-Checking - Interpreting and Acting on the Data Chapter 8. Usage Statistics-Collecting and Analyzing the Data Chapter 9. Usage Statistics-Interpreting and Acting on the Data Chapter 10. Citation Analysis - Collecting and Analyzing the Data Chapter 11. Citation Analysis-Interpreting and Acting on the Data Chapter 12. Sharing What You Found Index About the Author

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Karen Kohn is the Collection Development Manager at Landman Library, Arcadia University, where she has conducted a usage-based collection evaluation and an analysis of student bibliographies. She has a MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MA in Sociology from Temple University. Ms Kohn has published articles in College & Research Libraries and the Journal of Web Librarianship and has presented on collection evaluation at the Charleston Conference: Issues in Book and Serials Acquisitions and the Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge. Slides from both of these conferences are available online, and links are available on request.


Step-by-step instructions for information gathering and analysis and generally using Excel files are the basis of this guide, though reference is also made to the two major collection evaluation software tools: OCLC's (Online Computer Library Center) WorldShare Collection Evaluation and ProQuest's Intota Assessment. Both tools automate the process of data compilation and peer comparison to some extent but are not necessary to accomplish the twin goals of collection evaluation and improved collection development. As Kohn (collection development manager, Arcadia Univ.) points out, the analysis of appropriate data is also useful in weeding decisions and to reinforce increased budget requests. With lengthy overviews of the traditional methods of library collection analysis: list checking, holdings counts, circulation counts, and citation analysis, this manual also includes some guidance on the use of COUNTER reports for electronic holdings. Where this guide shines is in its final chapter on how to present the results to specific audiences. Verdict: New librarians will find this guide invaluable for creating a collection evaluation plan for their libraries and even experienced librarians will likely unearth something new, even though most of this ground is well-trodden. * Library Journal *
In this guide to an important and always-evolving area of academic librarianship, Kohn, a collection-development manager at Arcadia University, explores how academic libraries can implement the most current and effective methods for assessing their collections. Due to shrinking budgets, rising prices, and the increasing need to justify collection-development policies to the administration, it is critical that librarians make informed decisions when it comes to their collections. This book is well organized and comprehensive, with illustrations, charts, and extensive references. Each chapter is devoted to different collection-development strategies, which include collecting, analyzing, interpreting, using, and communicating the data. This latest edition to the Practical Guides for Librarians series is a must for collection-development librarians and for academic librarians who need to learn more about this essential area of librarianship. * Booklist *
Kohn's book, then, fills an important gap in the literature and provides a vital service by gathering in one place discussion of several of the most important techniques and tools used for collection assessment.... Kohn has produced an attractively laid-out book that summarizes the elements of collection evaluation in an accessible, detailed manner. A librarian starting from scratch with collection assessment should begin with this book. It provides all the conceptual groundwork and step by- step instructions to carry out this essential work. All librarians with roles in collection management are advised to consult Collection Evaluation in Academic Libraries. * Technicalities *

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