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  • 1. Resources for College Libraries : What do the Numbers Mean? Sue Beidler Lycoming College Charleston Conference November 4, 2010
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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
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  • 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
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  • 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. 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. 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
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  • 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. 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. What do the numbers mean? Charleston Conference November 4, 2010
  • 18. What can the analysis tell us? RCLWeb Book Analysis System Charleston Conference November 4, 2010
  • 19. How would/could we go about developing comparisons with similar size/type libraries? Charleston Conference November 4, 2010
  • 20. How might we determine comparison libraries? Charleston Conference November 4, 2010
  • 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