Presentation on theme: "Collection Management in Two Vermont Academics May 25, 2010 Vermont Library Conference Laura Crain Associate Director for Collection Services."— Presentation transcript:
Collection Management in Two Vermont Academics May 25, 2010 Vermont Library Conference Laura Crain email@example.com Associate Director for Collection Services Saint Michael’s College Ben Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org Faculty Librarian Vermont Technical College Reality is what you make it
Math may be the language of the Devil, but statistics prove that reality really is what you make it.
Southern VTChamplainNorwichGreen MountainSt. JosephNE CulinaryGoddardSaint Michael’sUniv of VermontLyndon StateCastleton Saint Michael’s JohnsonSterlingBenningtonMiddleburyVermont Law Circulation per Student at Vermont Colleges National Center for Education Statistics http://nces.edu.gov (retrieved 3/18/2010)http://nces.edu.gov
How Does Usage Drive Content Decisions? Book purchasing based on Circulation stats Collection analysis Retain subscriptions based on cost-per-article Anticipate “expected use”
The Pittsburgh Study of Library Use Acquisitions of books: 40% did not circulate in 7 years. When a book does not circulate within the first 6 years of ownership, it has less than 1 chance in 50 of ever being borrowed. --Kent, A. 1978
At Saint Michael’s the percentage of books that have never circulated: 41% Books acquired in 2004 includes gifts and purchases
Saint Michael’s purchased monographs Percentage of books that have never circulated: 29% acquired in 2004
The Subjects with the Most “0 Circs” Acquired in 2004 Pub date 2000-2005
The Subjects with the Least “0” Circs Acquired 2004 Pub date 2000-2005
So? Revise gift book criteria. Subject allocations: circulation! For low circ subjects: eliminate “just in case” implement “on-demand” purchasing Weed on!
Monograph allocations in subject areas: based on circulation & book price Book prices from ybp.com: univ. & trade press averages
Collection Analysis of Circulating Monographs Shows high and low use areas Targeted collection development Are subject holdings adequate to meet user needs? Project modeled after University of Colorado – Boulder: http://www.cal-webs.org/handouts04/CollectionAnalysis.ppt http://www.cal-webs.org/handouts04/CollectionAnalysis.ppt
Greatest Number of Circulation Transactions Per item by Subject Circulating books – 2 year period
Least number of transactions per item by subject Areas with holdings above 500 items Circulations for a two year period: FY08 & FY09
Scenario 1 –holdings are old / not relevant: weed / update –refer to interlibrary loan borrowing Scenario 2 –Subject is more “journals intensive” –not a research-intensive subject Interpretation of a low use area
Do current books circulate more? New books:.50 circulations per title Compared to.11 times a year for all books FY09 newly acquired current copyright (2008 &2009) Durick Library
A transformation… “from a one-time ad hoc project to a sustainable, on-going process of evidence-based review.” Emily Stambaugh (2005)
Cost per use
Using Data to Fill the Gaps EBSCOhost title usage report abstract “requests”
EBSCOhost title usage report – Philosopher’s Index
Top EBSCO abstract requests
I'm no fan of reality...
Collection Management in Two Vermont Academics May 25, 2010 Vermont Library Conference Laura Crain email@example.com Associate Director for Collection Services Saint Michael’s College http://www.smcvt.edu/library/about/staff/profiles/crain.asp Ben Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org Faculty Librarian Vermont Technical College Reality is what you make it