Resources for College
Libraries : What do the
Numbers Mean?
Sue Beidler
Lycoming College
Charleston Conference November 4,...
Agenda
Overview of Lycoming’s Environment
Overview of Resources for College Libraries
What is BBAS (/Bowker’s Book Analysi...
Overview of Lycoming’s Environment
Lycoming College: private, 4-year, approx.1400
FTE
Traditional Liberal Arts
5 Librarian...
Overview of Lycoming’s Environment
Local ILS: TLC’s Library•Solution 4.2
Collection of approx. 155,000 cataloged volumes
A...
Overview of Resources for College
Libraries
Successor to Books for College Libraries (BCL3)
Collaborative project between ...
Overview of BBAS
(Bowker’s Book Analysis System)
Electronically compares local collection to the
RCL database
Provides arr...
Charleston Conference November 4, 2010
Overview of BBAS
(Bowker’s Book Analysis System)
Electronically compares local collection to the
RCL database
Provides arr...
Charleston Conference November 4, 2010
Lycoming’s Uses for RCLWeb
Evaluating gift books for inclusion in our
collection
Generally do a quick title search in RCLW...
Lycoming’s Current Uses for RCL Book
Analysis results
Retrospective Collection Development –
Photography Project
Overview ...
Lycoming’s Current Uses for RCL Book
Analysis results
Weeding/De-selection decisions
Faculty from specific disciplines sel...
Charleston Conference November 4, 2010
Charleston Conference November 4, 2010
Lycoming’s Current Uses for RCL Book
Analysis results
Assessment
Meetings with academic departments regarding the
collecti...
Lycoming’s Current Uses for RCL Book
Analysis results
Challenges
Analysis is always done against the current RCL
database
...
What do the numbers
mean?
Charleston Conference November 4, 2010
What can the analysis tell us?
RCLWeb
Book Analysis System
Charleston Conference November 4, 2010
How would/could we go about
developing comparisons with
similar size/type libraries?
Charleston Conference November 4, 2010
How might we determine
comparison libraries?
Charleston Conference November 4, 2010
Contact Information
Sue Beidler
Snowden Library
Lycoming College
700 College Place
Williamsport, PA 17701
570-321-4084
bei...
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  1. 1. Resources for College Libraries : What do the Numbers Mean? Sue Beidler Lycoming College Charleston Conference November 4, 2010
  2. 2. Agenda Overview of Lycoming’s Environment Overview of Resources for College Libraries What is BBAS (/Bowker’s Book Analysis System)? How We Use RCLWeb How We Use BBAS Discussion Charleston Conference November 4, 2010
  3. 3. Overview of Lycoming’s Environment Lycoming College: private, 4-year, approx.1400 FTE Traditional Liberal Arts 5 Librarians, 6 support staff An active collaborative instruction program that teaches the responsible use of research sources, building the skills to find, evaluate, and integrate information is a key aspect of our mission. Charleston Conference November 4, 2010
  4. 4. Overview of Lycoming’s Environment Local ILS: TLC’s Library•Solution 4.2 Collection of approx. 155,000 cataloged volumes Annual monograph/standing order budget of approximately $120K 2,300 new cataloged volumes added annually Charleston Conference November 4, 2010
  5. 5. Overview of Resources for College Libraries Successor to Books for College Libraries (BCL3) Collaborative project between ACRL, CHOICE, and R.R. Bowker Available in print and as an online tool (RCLWeb) First released in 2006 Online version is updated quarterly Charleston Conference November 4, 2010
  6. 6. Overview of BBAS (Bowker’s Book Analysis System) Electronically compares local collection to the RCL database Provides array of reports that can be customized Duplicate titles Invalid ISBNs Charleston Conference November 4, 2010
  7. 7. Charleston Conference November 4, 2010
  8. 8. Overview of BBAS (Bowker’s Book Analysis System) Electronically compares local collection to the RCL database Provides array of reports that can be customized Duplicate titles Invalid ISBNs Statistical reports by RCL Subjects, LC Classification or Core titles in library Core titles NOT in library Total # of core titles % of core titles held Charleston Conference November 4, 2010
  9. 9. Charleston Conference November 4, 2010
  10. 10. Lycoming’s Uses for RCLWeb Evaluating gift books for inclusion in our collection Generally do a quick title search in RCLWeb for possible keepers Are likely to keep the book if any edition is in RCL Sometimes will also search by author – if there are a number of titles by the author we may keep if the title is curriculum related Charleston Conference November 4, 2010
  11. 11. Lycoming’s Current Uses for RCL Book Analysis results Retrospective Collection Development – Photography Project Overview of Project Used “Don’t have” list to work from with faculty Improved from 27.74% coverage in 2007 to 51.82% coverage in 2008 as a result of this project Charleston Conference November 4, 2010
  12. 12. Lycoming’s Current Uses for RCL Book Analysis results Weeding/De-selection decisions Faculty from specific disciplines selected each year They’re set loose in the stacks with very general guidelines Any items they think should be withdrawn are put on a book truck I pull up the list of RCL titles we have in that call number range – anything on the RCL list goes back to the shelves immediately, but is marked that it is in RCL Charleston Conference November 4, 2010
  13. 13. Charleston Conference November 4, 2010
  14. 14. Charleston Conference November 4, 2010
  15. 15. Lycoming’s Current Uses for RCL Book Analysis results Assessment Meetings with academic departments regarding the collection Sometimes used in preparation for the meeting – a gauge of strength or weakness Sometimes used as follow-up – Mathematical Sciences – even though there was no response from the faculty Track changes in our holdings from year to year, by discipline Charleston Conference November 4, 2010
  16. 16. Lycoming’s Current Uses for RCL Book Analysis results Challenges Analysis is always done against the current RCL database Must save analyses at the time you run them Exported statistics cannot be manipulated Charleston Conference November 4, 2010
  17. 17. What do the numbers mean? Charleston Conference November 4, 2010
  18. 18. What can the analysis tell us? RCLWeb Book Analysis System Charleston Conference November 4, 2010
  19. 19. How would/could we go about developing comparisons with similar size/type libraries? Charleston Conference November 4, 2010
  20. 20. How might we determine comparison libraries? Charleston Conference November 4, 2010
  21. 21. Contact Information Sue Beidler Snowden Library Lycoming College 700 College Place Williamsport, PA 17701 570-321-4084 beidler@lycoming.edu Charleston Conference November 4, 2010

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