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  • Good afternoon. Today I am going to present a paper written by me and Valerie. The title is “Collection Evaluation for Librarians in the 21st Century”.
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    • 1. LAM, Allen PICKARD, Valerie 6 Juen 2008 CITE Research Symposium 2008
    • 2.
      • Nanotechnology
      • journal collection
      • in
      • HKUST Library
    • 3.
      • Expand aggressively the scope and extent of electronic resources ,
      • Especially e-journals and web-based reference tools
    • 4.
      • Nanotechnology is a rapidly growing academic field
      • Interdisciplinary in nature
      • Nanotechnology is a major area of research in HKUST
    • 5.
      • Users of the collection are mostly researchers and PG students.
      • The collection is composed of mostly e-journals.
      • This evaluation concentrates on e-journals.
    • 6. (based on Johnson, 2004) Collection-based Use- or User-based Quantitative Book counting, Budget analysis, etc. Circulation statistics, Journal usage statistics , etc. Qualitative List checking, Citation analysis , etc. User surveys, Focus groups, etc.
    • 7.
      • Local statistics :
        • Usage statistics – e-journal, circulation, book request logs, ILL, DDS, etc.
      • National/international statistics:
        • Journal citation report, journal usage report by ISI
        • Journal citation analysis by Scopus
        • In-cites
        • Google Scholar
    • 8.
      • JCR
      Data 1
    • 9.
      • Journal Citation Report
      • by ISI, Thomson research services
      • Impact Factor (IF) – impact upon the research community
    • 10.  
    • 11.
      • COUNTER
      Data 2
    • 12.
      • A standard for generating and exchanging usage reports
      • Most useful for e-journals usage
      • Generated monthly by vendors/publishers to subscribers (libraries)
      • We focus on Number of full-text access
    • 13.
      • HKUST Library is using a system called JURO to keep and manage the COUNTER data.
    • 14.  
    • 15.
      • This COUNTER report summary lists all titles found in JCR.
      • The titles are ordered in the same manner as the JCR, sorted in descending order by Impact Factor.
      • There are a few unavailable or print-only titles for which no usage statistics are available, but are inserted to the usage report for direct comparison between the two tables.
    • 16.  
    • 17.
      • Most titles found in JCR are heavily used in HKUST Library during the years.
      • Titles having high JCR impact factors tends to be accessed more often in HKUST Library; titles having impact factors lower than 1.0 tends to be less often used
      • Those journals showing "lower" usage are actually not too underused if we compare them with the overall e-journal usage of HKUST Library
    • 18.  
    • 19.
      • During 2006, 35% of all e-journals were never used at all!
      • There was another 35% of e-journal lightly used, with an access count of 1 to 10.
      • The majority of journals found in JCR are heavily used (in the top 7% usage among all subscripted e-journals).
    • 20.
      • Look for journals with high IF
      • Investigate any new and forthcoming journals
      • Consult users
      • Other libraries’ holding
    • 21.
      • Weeding the zero usage counts?
      • Be suspicious with statistics data
      • Consult potential users
    • 22.
      • Weeding the low impact factors?
      • Be aware that JCR does not cover recent data
      • Serving users’ needs should be a priority
    • 23.
      • Weeding the useless ones?
      • 1/3 of all e-journals were not accessed
      • Bulk purchase, inelastic subscription contracts
      • Libraries want more flexible subscription arrangements
    • 24.
      • lower cost, less manual work
      • fast, timely results
      • objective
      • repeatable
      • can be done more frequently
      • closer monitoring of the collection health
      • faster response to the needs of users, to the needs of the community/institution that the library belongs
      • faster response in updating decisions in collection development and management, in acquisition and weeding
    • 25.
      • Usage statistics of non-circulating printed items, especially printed journals, are difficult to collect.
    • 26.
      • Base on existing usage data
      • Base on citation analysis reports
      • Mathematical and rule-based
      Data collection Data processing Evaluation Report
    • 27.
      • Save librarians from monotonous and laborious list checking work
      • Allowing them to concentrate in their professional judgment to making collection development decisions