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  • 2.
    • Faculty members select for discipline until sometime after the mid 20 th century.
    • Disciplines become more specialized and fragmented, librarians become the selectors.
    • Today, selection of library materials requires a thorough knowledge of the information needs of library users.
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    • 1. Changing needs of users over time.
    • 2. Collection as a reflection of users.
    • 3. User access to the collections.
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  • 4.
    • Who are the users and how do they use the library collections?
    • How have user needs change over time?
    • How can collections reflect users?
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  • 5.
    • Undergraduate students
    • Graduate students
    • Faculty
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    • Humanities researchers rely on books more than on journal articles for their research needs.
    • Social sciences use periodicals more than humanities, but also use monographs and rely heavily on bibliographies and footnotes in journals.
    • Science and Engineering faculties don’t like to use library.
      • the need for current information makes some scientists and engineers receptive to electronic  databases.
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    • Users’ requests for library materials and services have increased due to large quantity of databases. Users demand has intensified competition for budgetary resources among collections.
        • “ The parameters of user needs are infinitely more complex now-to buy or not to buy, to buy in paper or electronic, to locate onsite or offsite.” (Stoller, 6)
    • The value of “collections” is now balanced by the value of “services”. (Bailey, 2)
        • People value what they are able to get as much as what the library has.
    • High value placed on access->desire for self-sufficiency.
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    • To better meet the needs of students, to better reflect changing global and local populations, and to ensure a more welcome learning institution, libraries should recognize the different behaviors, attitudes, and needs of their user populations by reflecting them in its resources.
    • ~Schomberg and Grace, 126
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  • 9.
    • Minnesota State University Memorial Library collection expansion of Somalian resources.
    • Information Commons
        • Indiana University Bloomington
        • Champlain College (Burlington, Vermont)
    • Redesign of ScienceDirect database.
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    • Evaluation of library resources at the Minnesota State University Memorial Library compared percentages of cultural materials listed in the catalog with percentages of students from those cultures.
        • Results-Library offers very few materials covering non-European cultures, and even fewer materials in languages other than English.
        • Focusing on Somalia would make an useful reflection of the needs of Minnesota residents.
            • .18% of Minnesotans from Somalia
            • .008% currently in the collection on Somalia
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    • Helps design, select, and organize resources and space for the most effective patron centered public services.
        • Collections now an integral part of patron services->Can the users find and easily access information
    • Helps understand who our learners and researches are, and what their learning styles and habits are.
        • importance of rethinking services on the changing needs of the users.
    • Aspect of need important for collections.
        • Place of need-service at home, on campus?
        • Level of need-undergrad, grad?
        • format of need-book, ebook, journal
    • New Initiatives for “collections”.
        • Open Access-important for all users
          • Example-Digital Research Library
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    • Research for redesign conducted in anticipation of the release of new, user-driven features.
        • Redesign based on extensive user feedback and testing.
        • New features to ScienceDirect include Easier Navigation, QuickLinks, Personalization, Recent Actions, and Attractability resulting in Approachability.
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  • 13.
    • 1. Atkins, Stephen E. and Patricia F. Stenstrom. “Collection Development in transition.” In People Come First: User-Centered Academic Library Service , edited by Dale S. Montanelli and Patricia F. Stenstrom, 145-165. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 1999.
    • 2. ARL. “Task Force on New Ways of Measuring Collections, 2005.”
    • 3. Bailey, D. Russell. “Information Commons Services for Learners and Researchers: Evolution in Patrons Needs, Digital Resources and Scholarly Publishing, 2006.” Russell.pdf
    • 4. The Reeves Agency. “ScienceDirect redesign: The User Experience.” Science Direct (June 2006): 3-14.
    • 5. Schomberg, Jessica and Michelle Grace. “Expanding a Collection to Reflect Diverse User Populations.” Collection Building 24, no. 4 (2005): 124-126.
    • 6. Stoller, Michael. “Building Library Collections: It’s Still about the User.” Collection Building 24, no. 1 (2005): 4-8.
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