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Reference Resources in SUNY Libraries: Future Empire Collaborations? Carol L. Anderson, UAlbany Associate Librarian, Reference Jane Kessler, UAlbany Associate.

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1 Reference Resources in SUNY Libraries: Future Empire Collaborations? Carol L. Anderson, UAlbany Associate Librarian, Reference Jane Kessler, UAlbany Associate Librarian, Reference

2  Brief overview of Ualbany’s University Library’s reference collection review project – 10 minutes  Questions? – 5 minutes  Discussion regarding YOUR reference collections – 10 minutes  Collaboration – where do we want to go from here? – 20 minutes

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4 Respond to changes in environment: Reference services evolving Curriculum changes Repurposing of space Staffing

5  7.1% of print reference collection used in Fall 2010  25 titles accounted for 21.5% of use  Low usage in many classes. Focused on A’s and Z’s at first

6 LC ClassVol. UsedVol. Held% Total Use% Class Used% Class to Total A %3.4%9.4% B %8.7%3.5% C %2.2%2.8% D %5.8%6.8% E %10.8%3.3% F %4.9%1.6% G %8.3%4.2% H %24.5%11.8% J %5.8%2.7% K %0.9%2.1% L %10.4%2.8% M %1.6%1.7% N %1.9%2.0% P %4.5%26.6% Q %51.1%0.2% R %32.1%0.3% S010.0% T %14.5%0.5% U1420.1%2.4%0.2% V0250.0% 0.1% Z %1.7%17.4% Total % Table 1. Volumes Held and Used by LC Class

7  The University Library continues to collect and analyze data regarding print reference collection usage  Data show 1785 volumes reshelved in 2013  Kessler, Jane. (2013) “Use It or Lose It! Results of a Use Study of the Print Sources in an Academic Library Reference Collection,” The Reference Librarian, 54:1, 61-72, DOI: /

8 2013 Usage Similar to earlier findings Class Volumes Used Percentage of total use A593.3% B985.5% C221.2% D1448.1% E412.3% F321.8% G563.1% H % J492.7% K734.1% L1025.7% M70.4% N171.0% P % Q150.8% R352.0% T130.7% U80.4% Z854.8% Total %

9  Create a lean and mean reference collection supporting current user needs  Eliminate use of top and bottom shelves  Make sure $ being spent wisely  Update reference collection development policy

10  Reference collection development policy  Current curriculum; curriculum changes  Institutional research data  Usage data  Collection gurus: Dalby, Walford, ARBA  Online availability  Other holdings in the region and state  SUNY last copy guidelines

11  Collaborated with reference bibliographers of UAlbany’s branch libraries  Reviewed all standing orders, identified ceased titles and those available online  Analyzed online coverage of older print indexes

12  Relocated or weeded: ◦ Duplicate copies ◦ Deactivated program titles ◦ Items past useful life ◦ Ceased serial titles ◦ Items with online coverage

13  How to facilitate user discovery? ◦ Traditional A to Z database listing ◦ Also available via our OPAC

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18 1. Do you have a print reference collection? Yes/no 2. If you no longer maintain a print reference collection, what did you do with it when you disbanded it?

19 3. For those of you who still have a print reference collection, have you weeded the collection in the last 5 years? Yes/no 4. Approximately how many volumes are in your reference collection?

20 5. At your institution, who selects for the reference collection? (position title)

21 6. Have you reallocated funds from print to eresources? Yes/no 7. Have you revised the collection development policy to reflect a preference for eresources? Yes/no

22  This project led us to envision how we could mutually benefit by sharing information ◦ Trial evaluations, concurrent trials ◦ Evaluating print resources and comparing to online coverage (NUC, for ex ABSTRACTS IN ENGLISH STUDIES covered in Academic Search Complete, MLA, and Humanities Source) ◦ Lend reference materials on ILL? ◦ Recommendations to OLIS for SUNYConnect ◦ Marketing of online resources ◦ Visits and tours of reference collections ◦ Sharing literature ◦ Other ideas?

23  What’s the best way to share information and collaborate? ◦ SUNYLA listserv ◦ LinkedIn ◦ Facebook ◦ Google docs ◦ Other?

24  If you’d like a copy of the slides, please leave us your business card or sign sheet

25 Detmering, R., & Sproles, C. (2012). Reference in transition: a case study in reference collection development. Collection Building, 31(1), 19–22. doi: / Farmer, L. S. J. (2009). The Life Cycle of Digital Reference Sources. Reference Librarian, 50(2), 117–136. doi: / Francis, M. (2012). Weeding the Reference Collection: A Case Study of Collection Management. Reference Librarian, 53(2), 219–234. doi: / King, N. (2012). Nice vs. Necessary: Reference Collections in ARL Member Libraries. Reference Librarian, 53(2), 138–155. doi: / Lamothe, A. R. (2012). Comparing Usage Patterns Recorded between an Electronic Reference and an Electronic Monograph Collection: The Differences in Searches and Full-Text Content Viewings. Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 24(2), 101– 118. doi: / X Singer, C. A. (2008). Weeding Gone Wild: Planning and Implementing a Review of the Reference Collection. Reference & User Services Quarterly, 47(3), 256–264. Singer, C. A. (2012). Fundamentals of Managing Reference Collections. Chicago: American Library Association.

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