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Wednesday, November 7 • 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Beyond Circulation: Assessing Collections in the Age of Student Success

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In a time of decreasing collections budgets and expectations of increased fiscal accountability in libraries, collection management librarians are increasingly expected to justify expenditures through the provision of usage data to their stakeholders. Yet traditional methods of collection assessment, often focused upon summary circulation statistics, are only marginally useful in demonstrating collection strength to patrons. To paint a more complete picture of a library's successful collection development program, librarians need to identify and verify a relationship between circulation statistics and improved student outcomes, as well as support of faculty scholarship and teaching. While this task can seem daunting, many methods not involving the use of advanced statistics or an inordinate amount of time and effort do exist. This presentation will: a) provide a brief review of the literature of collection assessment as it relates to patron success; and b) review several methods of collection assessment beyond basic circulation counts, including analysis of circulation and interlibrary loan activity, citation analysis of patron scholarship, and circulation statistics as they relate to such student success measures as GPA, with practical examples of such analysis from a small university library. Session attendees will be given a template for developing or enhancing their own assessment plans, and time will be provided for small group discussions to identify first steps and potential obstacles.

LINK TO PRESENTATION LIBGUIDE:  https://cnu.libguides.com/assessingcollections


Alicia Willson-Metzger

Collection Management Librarian, Christopher Newport University
Alicia Willson-Metzger is the Collection Management Librarian at Christopher Newport University, a liberal arts university located in Newport News, VA. Her professional interests include collection management and assessment.