Collection Assessment at the Norwich University Library:

A Continuing and Informal Process

(presented by Greg Sauer, gsauer@norwich.edu, on April 7, 2006)

 

Periodical Examples

 

1.      In 2002, we conducted an online survey of the “Suitability of the Kreitzberg Library Journal Collection for the Norwich University Curriculum.”

 

            Technique used: User-base Measure – Survey of User Opinions.

 

2.   In 2005/6, library liaisons compiled lists of print journals by academic discipline that were also available in more than one of our databases and sought faculty input on which print titles to keep or cancel.

 

            Technique used: Collection-based Measure – Examination of Shelflist data and

            Evaluation by Outside Expert.

 

Book Examples

 

3.   On a monthly basis we gather basic circulation statistics, and on yearly basis we gather circulation data by Dewey call number.  We use the data to report on the overall use of the collection, and the circulation by Dewey data we use as part of the formula for the next year’s book budget allocation.

 

            Technique used:  Use-based Measure – Circulation Studies.

 

4.   On an as needed basis, or as we can basis, we weed.  Weeding is generally done by individual liaisons using a variety of criteria such as the age of the book, when it last circulated, its inclusion in standard title lists, and faculty review.

 

            Technique used: Collection-based Measure – Examining the Collection Directly (Shelf Scanning) then List Checking & Evaluation by Outside Expert.

 

Electronic Resource Examples

 

5.   On a monthly basis we gather e-metric statistics as described in NISO Z39.7-2004.  The data is used to review database usage, cost effectiveness, and report overall usage of library resources to the University’s administration.

 

            Technique used:  Use-based Measure – Circulation Studies.

 

6.   On an as needed basis, we receive requests for library impact statements on proposed new courses and changes in courses by the University Curriculum Committee.

           

            Technique used:  Collection-based Measure – List Checking & Evaluation by

            Outside Expert.