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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”.
  • Collection.Evaluation

    1. 1. LAM, Allen PICKARD, Valerie 6 Juen 2008 CITE Research Symposium 2008
    2. 2. <ul><li>Nanotechnology </li></ul><ul><li>journal collection </li></ul><ul><li>in </li></ul><ul><li>HKUST Library </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>Expand aggressively the scope and extent of electronic resources , </li></ul><ul><li>Especially e-journals and web-based reference tools </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>Nanotechnology is a rapidly growing academic field </li></ul><ul><li>Interdisciplinary in nature </li></ul><ul><li>Nanotechnology is a major area of research in HKUST </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>Users of the collection are mostly researchers and PG students. </li></ul><ul><li>The collection is composed of mostly e-journals. </li></ul><ul><li>This evaluation concentrates on e-journals. </li></ul>
    6. 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. 7. <ul><li>Local statistics : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Usage statistics – e-journal, circulation, book request logs, ILL, DDS, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>National/international statistics: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Journal citation report, journal usage report by ISI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Journal citation analysis by Scopus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In-cites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Scholar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>JCR </li></ul>Data 1
    9. 9. <ul><li>Journal Citation Report </li></ul><ul><li>by ISI, Thomson research services </li></ul><ul><li>Impact Factor (IF) – impact upon the research community </li></ul>
    10. 11. <ul><li>COUNTER </li></ul>Data 2
    11. 12. <ul><li>A standard for generating and exchanging usage reports </li></ul><ul><li>Most useful for e-journals usage </li></ul><ul><li>Generated monthly by vendors/publishers to subscribers (libraries) </li></ul><ul><li>We focus on Number of full-text access </li></ul>
    12. 13. <ul><li>HKUST Library is using a system called JURO to keep and manage the COUNTER data. </li></ul>
    13. 15. <ul><li>This COUNTER report summary lists all titles found in JCR. </li></ul><ul><li>The titles are ordered in the same manner as the JCR, sorted in descending order by Impact Factor. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
    14. 17. <ul><li>Most titles found in JCR are heavily used in HKUST Library during the years. </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Those journals showing &quot;lower&quot; usage are actually not too underused if we compare them with the overall e-journal usage of HKUST Library </li></ul>
    15. 19. <ul><li>During 2006, 35% of all e-journals were never used at all! </li></ul><ul><li>There was another 35% of e-journal lightly used, with an access count of 1 to 10. </li></ul><ul><li>The majority of journals found in JCR are heavily used (in the top 7% usage among all subscripted e-journals). </li></ul>
    16. 20. <ul><li>Look for journals with high IF </li></ul><ul><li>Investigate any new and forthcoming journals </li></ul><ul><li>Consult users </li></ul><ul><li>Other libraries’ holding </li></ul>
    17. 21. <ul><li>Weeding the zero usage counts? </li></ul><ul><li>Be suspicious with statistics data </li></ul><ul><li>Consult potential users </li></ul>
    18. 22. <ul><li>Weeding the low impact factors? </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware that JCR does not cover recent data </li></ul><ul><li>Serving users’ needs should be a priority </li></ul>
    19. 23. <ul><li>Weeding the useless ones? </li></ul><ul><li>1/3 of all e-journals were not accessed </li></ul><ul><li>Bulk purchase, inelastic subscription contracts </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries want more flexible subscription arrangements </li></ul>
    20. 24. <ul><li>lower cost, less manual work </li></ul><ul><li>fast, timely results </li></ul><ul><li>objective </li></ul><ul><li>repeatable </li></ul><ul><li>can be done more frequently </li></ul><ul><li>closer monitoring of the collection health </li></ul><ul><li>faster response to the needs of users, to the needs of the community/institution that the library belongs </li></ul><ul><li>faster response in updating decisions in collection development and management, in acquisition and weeding </li></ul>
    21. 25. <ul><li>Usage statistics of non-circulating printed items, especially printed journals, are difficult to collect. </li></ul>
    22. 26. <ul><li>Base on existing usage data </li></ul><ul><li>Base on citation analysis reports </li></ul><ul><li>Mathematical and rule-based </li></ul>Data collection Data processing Evaluation Report
    23. 27. <ul><li>Save librarians from monotonous and laborious list checking work </li></ul><ul><li>Allowing them to concentrate in their professional judgment to making collection development decisions </li></ul>