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  1. 1. Evaluating your collection CALIBRATE A BALANCE! LIB 610 Collection Management Summer 2008
  2. 2. THE GOAL OF COLLECTION BUILDING? <ul><li>Amanda Credaro: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ . . . the ultimate goal of collection development must be to create a ‘balanced’ collection . . .” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Use of Reviewing Journals in School Libraries </li></ul></ul></ul>balanced
  3. 3. WHAT DO YOU MEAN, BALANCED ? <ul><li>Credaro : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ . . . there is disagreement as to what actually constitutes a ‘balanced’ collection.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>equal numbers of print and non-print resources? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>materials that present the arguments for both sides on controversial issues? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a combination of both “demand” items and quality resources? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. HOW CAN WE TELL? <ul><li>How do we know when we have “a well-balanced collection that meets the needs of our users”? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ To evaluate the results of any particular intervention, we need to be able to clearly identify and define the desired state.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>T. Scott Plutchak, “ The art and science of making choices ,” Journal of the Medical Library Association 2003 January; 91(1): 1–3. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. DEFINE YOUR DESIRED STATE! <ul><li>What is your library’s mission? </li></ul><ul><li>Where, then, will be your point of balance? </li></ul>
  7. 7. TWO CONTINUUMS <ul><li>Something------------------Nothing </li></ul><ul><li>Issue------------------Counterissue </li></ul>
  8. 8. SOMETHING? <ul><ul><li>Unique objects, persons, services, etc. that have deep meaning, often created and controlled by people in the local area where they are used or encountered, or have universal significance. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Based on Ritzer, George. (2003, September). Rethinking globalization: Glocalization/grobalization and something/nothing . Sociological Theory, 21 , 3: 196 and Ritzer, George (2004). The Globalization of Nothing . Pine Forge Press. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. NOTHING? <ul><ul><li>Objects, persons, services, etc. that are shallow, unoriginal, and created and controlled by impersonal entities far away from where they are used or encountered. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Based on Ritzer, George. (2003, September). Rethinking globalization: Glocalization/grobalization and something/nothing . Sociological Theory, 21 , 3: 196 and Ritzer, George (2004). The Globalization of Nothing . Pine Forge Press. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. EXAMPLES OF SOMETHING--NOTHING <ul><li>SOMETHING NOTHING </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Place (community bank)------------------Nonplace (credit card co.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thing (personal loan)----------------------Nothing (credit card loan) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Person (personal banker)-----------------Nonperson (telemarketer) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Service (individualized assistance)------Nonservice (ATM) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adapted from Ritzer, G. (2003, September). Rethinking globalization: Glocalization/grobalization and something/nothing . Sociological Theory, 21 , 3: 196 . </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. ISSUE AND COUNTERISSUE? <ul><li>Two sides of a controversial question e.g. prolife—prochoice evolution—creationism/intelligent design </li></ul><ul><li>Two sides of a format type e.g. Print—Nonprint </li></ul><ul><li>Two sides of the question Quality—demand items i.e. What they need vs. what they want </li></ul>
  12. 12. Creationism Evolution SOMETHING NOT HI NG
  13. 13. PRINT VS. ONLINE SOMETHING NOTHING Print Sources Online Sources / The original novels
  14. 14. QUALITY VS. DEMAND SOMETHING NOT HI NG Diversity Homogeneity Everybody Anybody Nobody Somebody
  15. 15. SOMETHING FOR SOMEBODY Diversity SOMETHING Somebody Folklore : Folklore is the body of expressive culture , including tales , music , dance , legends , oral history , proverbs , jokes , popular beliefs , customs, material culture , and so forth, common to a particular population, comprising the traditions (including oral traditions ) of that culture, subculture , or group . ( Wikipedia ) Homogeneity NOTHING
  16. 16. A TROLL FOR SOMEBODY <ul><li>The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Norway) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Once upon a time there were three billy goats, who were to go up to the hillside to make themselves fat, and the name of all three was “Gruff.” On the way up was a bridge over a cascading stream they had to cross; and under the bridge lived a great ugly troll , with eyes as big as saucers, and a nose as long as a poker.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>D. L. Ashliman's folktexts , a library of folktales, folklore, fairy tales, and mythology </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY Diversity SOMETHING Homogeneity Everybody Quality literature, sometimes adaptations, or else original writing, with universal appeal and meaning for everyman and everywoman
  18. 18. A TROLL FOR EVERYBODY <ul><li>Moomintroll </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ A Moomintroll is small and shy and fat, and has a Moominpappa and a Moominmamma. Moomins live in the forests of Finland. They like sunshine and sleep right through the winter. The snow falls and falls and falls where they live, until their houses look like great snowballs. But when spring comes, up they jump....” - Kaye Webb, editor of Puffin Books 1974. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cited on The Moomintroll Homepage </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Moomintroll is the son of Moominmamma and Moominpappa, and is best friends with Snufkin . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Unofficial Moomin Character Guide </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Oy Moomin Characters Ltd is the characters </li></ul></ul></ul>
  19. 19. 71-YR OLD TROLLS FOR EVERYBODY <ul><li>J.R.R. Tolkien </li></ul><ul><li>Trolls are very large (around 9 feet tall) humanoids of poor intellect. They were bred “in mockery” of Ents . </li></ul><ul><li>In The Hobbit they speak with thick Cockney accents. They turn to stone when exposed to sunlight and they enjoy eating Hobbits and Dwarves . While threatening, the trolls in The Hobbit serve as a comic element. </li></ul><ul><li>The Hobbit first published September 21, 1937 </li></ul>
  20. 20. NOTHING FOR ANYBODY Diversity NOTHING Anybody Recognizable stories, but unoriginal and shallow
  21. 21. TROLLS THAT ARE NOTHING FOR ANYBODY? <ul><li>Treasure Trolls ??? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Picture Books (1200 words) Status: available titles: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tizzy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Snicker Doodle </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Button Breaker </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tinkling </li></ul></ul></ul>Disclaimer: I have only skimmed these books, and may be misjudging them. See for yourself at his website !
  22. 22. NOTHING FOR NOBODY Homogeneity NOTHING Nobody Generic, unoriginal, impersonal, shallow
  23. 23. TROLLS THAT ARE NOTHING FOR NOBODY? <ul><li>Do Trollz fit in here? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trollz: The Magic of the Five Amethyst, Ruby, Topaz, Sapphire and Onyx can’t wait to take part in the Trollzopolis High talent show. They've got their routine worked out and are raring to go. But will dastardly Simon crush the girls’ best-laid plans, or can they pull together to defeat him and win the contest? Another great tie-in to the Trollz TV programmes. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>From the British Scholastic Trollz website </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http :// </li></ul></ul></ul>