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Collection Assement And Users

  1. 1. Blum 1
  2. 2. <ul><li>Faculty members select for discipline until sometime after the mid 20 th century. </li></ul><ul><li>Disciplines become more specialized and fragmented, librarians become the selectors. </li></ul><ul><li>Today, selection of library materials requires a thorough knowledge of the information needs of library users. </li></ul>Blum 2
  3. 3. <ul><li>1. Changing needs of users over time. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Collection as a reflection of users. </li></ul><ul><li>3. User access to the collections. </li></ul>Blum 3
  4. 4. <ul><li>Who are the users and how do they use the library collections? </li></ul><ul><li>How have user needs change over time? </li></ul><ul><li>How can collections reflect users? </li></ul>Blum 4
  5. 5. <ul><li>Undergraduate students </li></ul><ul><li>Graduate students </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty </li></ul>Blum 5
  6. 6. <ul><li>Humanities researchers rely on books more than on journal articles for their research needs. </li></ul><ul><li>Social sciences use periodicals more than humanities, but also use monographs and rely heavily on bibliographies and footnotes in journals. </li></ul><ul><li>Science and Engineering faculties don’t like to use library. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>the need for current information makes some scientists and engineers receptive to electronic  databases. </li></ul></ul>Blum 6
  7. 7. <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ 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) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>The value of “collections” is now balanced by the value of “services”. (Bailey, 2) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>People value what they are able to get as much as what the library has. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>High value placed on access->desire for self-sufficiency. </li></ul>Blum 7
  8. 8. <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>~Schomberg and Grace, 126 </li></ul>Blum 8
  9. 9. <ul><li>Minnesota State University Memorial Library collection expansion of Somalian resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Information Commons </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Indiana University Bloomington </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Champlain College (Burlington, Vermont) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Redesign of ScienceDirect database. </li></ul>Blum 9
  10. 10. <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Results-Library offers very few materials covering non-European cultures, and even fewer materials in languages other than English. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Focusing on Somalia would make an useful reflection of the needs of Minnesota residents. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>.18% of Minnesotans from Somalia </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>.008% currently in the collection on Somalia </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>Blum 10
  11. 11. <ul><li>Helps design, select, and organize resources and space for the most effective patron centered public services. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Collections now an integral part of patron services->Can the users find and easily access information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Helps understand who our learners and researches are, and what their learning styles and habits are. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>importance of rethinking services on the changing needs of the users. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Aspect of need important for collections. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Place of need-service at home, on campus? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Level of need-undergrad, grad? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>format of need-book, ebook, journal </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>New Initiatives for “collections”. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Open Access-important for all users </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Example-Digital Research Library </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>Blum 11
  12. 12. <ul><li>Research for redesign conducted in anticipation of the release of new, user-driven features. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Redesign based on extensive user feedback and testing. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New features to ScienceDirect include Easier Navigation, QuickLinks, Personalization, Recent Actions, and Attractability resulting in Approachability. </li></ul></ul></ul>Blum 12
  13. 13. <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>2. ARL. “Task Force on New Ways of Measuring Collections, 2005.” </li></ul><ul><li>3. Bailey, D. Russell. “Information Commons Services for Learners and Researchers: Evolution in Patrons Needs, Digital Resources and Scholarly Publishing, 2006.” Russell.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>4. The Reeves Agency. “ScienceDirect redesign: The User Experience.” Science Direct (June 2006): 3-14. </li></ul><ul><li>5. Schomberg, Jessica and Michelle Grace. “Expanding a Collection to Reflect Diverse User Populations.” Collection Building 24, no. 4 (2005): 124-126. </li></ul><ul><li>6. Stoller, Michael. “Building Library Collections: It’s Still about the User.” Collection Building 24, no. 1 (2005): 4-8. </li></ul>Blum 13