Making Hard Choices
Using Data for Collections Decisions
Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries
May 29, 2014
Is...
Questions:
How well do our collections meet needs of researchers?
Are related disciplines equally supported?
If we need to...
-25%
25%
75%
125%
175%
225%
275%
325%
375%
1986 1989 1992 1995 1998 2001 2004 2007 2010
%ChangeSince1986
Source: ARL Stati...
We didn’t want to just make it up….
Who Uses the EdPsych Library?
Lots of Education, Little Psychology
Who Uses the Social Welfare Library?
Almost all Use Is by Social Welfare!
RLG Conspectus: Collection Levels
Research: A collection that includes the major
published source materials required for
d...
Methods
Citation analysis of dissertation bibliographies:
Education (2009 -2010)
Psychology (2009-2010)
Social Welfare (20...
Dissertations Total Citations
Citations
Entered
Education 57 6576 1340
Psychology 28 3899 644
Social Welfare 22 3719 741
T...
Findings
What Are They Citing?
Journals Books Free Web
Education 46% 47% 7%
Psychology 84% 15% <1%
Social
Welfare
59% 33% 8%
Triangulation confirms finding:
Psych uses few books, Ed uses many
How Much Do We Have?
(Of what doctoral students cite)
Journals Books
Education 98% 88%
Psychology 99% 87%
Social Welfare 9...
Unexpected findings
Citing Older Material
Journals Books
Education 11 years 13 years
Psychology 8 years 14 years
Social Welfare 10 years 11 ye...
Oldest Citations
Books Journals
Education 1861 1935
Psychology 1871 1877
Social Welfare 1937 1889
Education Psychology Social Welfare
Journal of Personality and
Social Psychology
Neuroimage Child Development
Child Develo...
Next Stage
All Dissertations from 2008-2012:
• Business
• Economics
• History
• Political Science
What’s New
• LAUC Research Grant
• Citation Data from ProQuest (45,000)
• First Finding: 28% 15% 1.2% … 2!
Credits:
Phase One
• Lynn Jones, co-author
• Lyn Paleo, Evaluator
• Jon Stiles, Statistics
• Jeffery Loo, Graphics
• Stude...
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  1. 1. Making Hard Choices Using Data for Collections Decisions Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries May 29, 2014 Istanbul, Turkey Susan Edwards University of California, Berkeley
  2. 2. Questions: How well do our collections meet needs of researchers? Are related disciplines equally supported? If we need to close or combine libraries, which make sense? New research trends/formats that impact collections? Have we sacrificed books for journals – and does it matter?
  3. 3. -25% 25% 75% 125% 175% 225% 275% 325% 375% 1986 1989 1992 1995 1998 2001 2004 2007 2010 %ChangeSince1986 Source: ARL Statistics 2009-10 Association of Research Libraries, Washington, D.C. Expenditure Trends in ARL Libraries, 1986-2010 Serial Expenditures (+379%) Library Materials (+289%) Operating Expenditures (+110%) TOTAL Expenditures (+172%) Total Salaries (+158%) CPI (+99%) Monograph Expenditures (+73%) Journal costs continue to outpace library budgets Journal & Books Cost Outpaces Budget Increases
  4. 4. We didn’t want to just make it up….
  5. 5. Who Uses the EdPsych Library? Lots of Education, Little Psychology
  6. 6. Who Uses the Social Welfare Library? Almost all Use Is by Social Welfare!
  7. 7. RLG Conspectus: Collection Levels Research: A collection that includes the major published source materials required for dissertations Comprehensive: A collection which, so far as is reasonably possible, includes all significant works of recorded knowledge
  8. 8. Methods Citation analysis of dissertation bibliographies: Education (2009 -2010) Psychology (2009-2010) Social Welfare (2009-2011) All citations hand entered and verified. Systematic sample with a random start, confidence interval: 95% (+/-3)
  9. 9. Dissertations Total Citations Citations Entered Education 57 6576 1340 Psychology 28 3899 644 Social Welfare 22 3719 741 Total 107 14,194 2725 Sample Size
  10. 10. Findings
  11. 11. What Are They Citing? Journals Books Free Web Education 46% 47% 7% Psychology 84% 15% <1% Social Welfare 59% 33% 8%
  12. 12. Triangulation confirms finding: Psych uses few books, Ed uses many
  13. 13. How Much Do We Have? (Of what doctoral students cite) Journals Books Education 98% 88% Psychology 99% 87% Social Welfare 97% 73% (+/-4%) (+/-4%)
  14. 14. Unexpected findings
  15. 15. Citing Older Material Journals Books Education 11 years 13 years Psychology 8 years 14 years Social Welfare 10 years 11 years
  16. 16. Oldest Citations Books Journals Education 1861 1935 Psychology 1871 1877 Social Welfare 1937 1889
  17. 17. Education Psychology Social Welfare Journal of Personality and Social Psychology Neuroimage Child Development Child Development Journal of Personality and Social Psychology Developmental Psychology Journal of Educational Psychology Journal of Neuroscience Children and Youth Services Review Developmental Psychology Nature (4th) American Psychologist (4th) Journal of Research in Science Teaching (5th) Neuropsychologia (4th) Development and Psychopathology (4th) Journal of the Learning Sciences (5th) Nature Neuroscience (5th) Future of Children (5th) Reading Research Quarterly (5th) Neuron (5th) Child Abuse & Neglect(5th)
  18. 18. Next Stage All Dissertations from 2008-2012: • Business • Economics • History • Political Science
  19. 19. What’s New • LAUC Research Grant • Citation Data from ProQuest (45,000) • First Finding: 28% 15% 1.2% … 2!
  20. 20. Credits: Phase One • Lynn Jones, co-author • Lyn Paleo, Evaluator • Jon Stiles, Statistics • Jeffery Loo, Graphics • Student Employees, data entry Phase Two • LAUC Research Grant • Hilary Schiraldi, Business • Jennifer Dorner, History • Jim Church, Economics • Jon Stiles, Statistics • Lynne Grigsby, Dark Archive • Austin McClean, ProQuest • Student Employees: data entry for print, first pass.
  21. 21. Contact for more information

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