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Make your collection count! This session talks about the overall quality of a library collection, including the benefits and methods of taking a physical inventory, analyzing collection procedures and ...

Make your collection count! This session talks about the overall quality of a library collection, including the benefits and methods of taking a physical inventory, analyzing collection procedures and workflows, and the life cycle of a collection. Most importantly, learn how to measure a collection’s quality. Our holistic approach to collection management will help all types and sizes of libraries to keep pace with the demands and expectations of their communities.

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    • Making a Collection Count Holly Hibner and Mary Kelly http://awfullibrarybooks.net Making a Collection Count and image © Holly Hibner and Mary Kelly Hibner, H., & Kelly, M. (2013). Making a collection count: A holistic approach to library collection management. (2nd ed.). Oxford: Chandos.
    • Collection Life Cycle Selection Weed or Replace Acquisitions Repair & Maintenance Processing & Cataloging Shelving Re-Shelving Checkout (Use) Image © Holly Hibner and Mary Kelly
    • Library Workflows • Movement of materials through the system • Each stage of life cycle has a workflow • Document sequence of process Image attribution: By Kaushik.chug (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
    • Library Workflows Tips for success: • Remain impartial • Ask questions • Be specific Image attribute: By RRZEicons (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
    • Collection Management Policies • Management = control and attention • Development = growth Image attribution: George Goodwin Kilburne [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
    • Collection Management Policy • Include: • General selection criteria • Genres, formats, and collections • Cooperatives or resource sharing • Preservation, conservation, maintenance • Weeding efforts • Holds to copies ratio Image attribution: By GNOME icon artists (GNOME SVN / GNOME FTP) [GPL (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
    • Collection Metrics • First we need to gather the data • We will use that data to evaluate our collections through statistics Image: http://www.barebonesbiz.com/images/bean_counter.jpg (labeled for reuse)
    • The Circulation Metric Define circulation • Check-out, renewal, and check-in? • Is that three metrics or one? Image attribute: Public Domain CC0 http://pixabay.com/p-97640/?no_redirect
    • Group Metrics Group metrics describe the activity of a whole collection. • How does one collection perform compared to another? • How old is the collection? • How do e-books compare to print? • What items are likely to be damaged? http://awfullibrarybooks.net
    • Item Metrics • Item metrics describe the activity of a single item in the collection. • • • • • How does its use compare to other titles? How old is it? What is its physical condition? Is there an updated edition available? Is there a better title? http://awfullibrarybooks.net
    • Collection Audit If the data points to a problem, a collection audit should be performed. Image attribute: http://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Audit-stamp.bmp (labeled for reuse)
    • Physical Inventory Compare what you actually have to what the computer says you should have. Image: http://web.calstatela.edu/univ/police/images/emergency_clipboard.gif (labeled for reuse)
    • What You’ll Discover Inaccurate call numbers  Mislabeled items  Items marked missing  Items that are weird! 
    • Collection Statistics • Statistics = Calculations used to make conclusions about data • Collection use • Collection age • Collection turnover Image attribute: http://www.rgbstock.com/photo/mfdYkM8/Graph (Image by Ozetsky)
    • Collection Objectives • Collection policy states how the collection will fulfill the mission • Collection objectives detail the purpose of each collection and criteria for selection. Image attribute: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_FctGxoFET_c/TB1pCR21AaI/AAAAAAAAAC0/Vhkry61sk4M/s1600/ArrowTarget (Licenced for reuse)
    • Collection Benchmarks How is the collection performing? Image attribute: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8d/Ballerina_logo.png (Licensed for reuse)
    • Everything is Connected Image attribute: http://assets.antiguaobserver.com/2012/05/CHAIN-LINKS-2.jpg (Labeled for reuse)
    • Thank you! http://Awfullibrarybooks.net