Evaluating, Enhancing, and Supplementing the Library Resources


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presented at the Medical and Health Librarians Association of the Philippines (MAHLAP) Conference on Knowledge, Skills, and Personality Enhancement: Platform for Change, held at Pearl Manila Hotel, UN Avenue, Manila, Philippines on 2004 Feb19

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Evaluating, Enhancing, and Supplementing the Library Resources

  1. 1. <ul><li>by Fe Angela M. Verzosa De La Salle University </li></ul>Evaluating, Enhancing and Supplementing the Library Resources
  2. 2. Managing our collection faces a crisis... *reduction in expenditures due to price increases *diminished resources *aging of the collection *digital formats are not less expensive *resource-sharing may not solve the the problem
  3. 3. <ul><ul><ul><ul><li>review present status of collection </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>assess strengths and weaknesses </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>identify unmet and emerging needs </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>list priorities for acquisition </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>Know what the library needs
  4. 4. <ul><li>Developing core collections rather than comprehensive holdings is a priority. </li></ul><ul><li>Care should taken in updating. </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis is on intellectual content , rather than the traditional format </li></ul><ul><li>Use shelf behavior and circulation usage to determine usefulness. </li></ul>Know how to keep collection current and useful
  5. 5. <ul><li>Anticipated or actual usage </li></ul><ul><li>Accuracy </li></ul><ul><li>Reputation and authoritativeness </li></ul><ul><li>Timeliness of the publication </li></ul><ul><li>Strength of present holdings in the </li></ul><ul><li>subject area or discipline </li></ul><ul><li>Literary quality </li></ul><ul><li>Level of treatment </li></ul><ul><li>Contribution to the field of knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Availability </li></ul>Standard Evaluation Criteria
  6. 6. <ul><li>Formulate short and long–term plans for collection development </li></ul><ul><li>Information should be collected in the most appropriate format. Usefulness, not format, is the deciding factor in acquisition. </li></ul><ul><li>Disseminate information on new materials for selection to clientele before acquisition </li></ul><ul><li>match funds with needs </li></ul><ul><li>set limits on spending </li></ul>Enhancing your library resources
  7. 7. <ul><li>Electronic access is now the reality. More capital funds are being rechannelled to buy computer equipment, licenses and access fees to Internet. The World Wide Web presents a vast store of information, but care must be taken to determine those that are inaccurate and unverifiable. </li></ul>Enhancing with Internet access
  8. 8. <ul><li>Identification/selection of materials thru review sites and websites of vendors, publishers, traditional booksellers, libraries, academic institutions, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Web harvesting </li></ul><ul><li>Archiving web resources </li></ul><ul><li>Indexing archived documents </li></ul>Developing Online Collections
  9. 9. <ul><li>multimedia (interactive videos) and cd-rom technology are becoming more and more attractive than prints, because they present a better alternative to reading and information retrieval. </li></ul>Acquiring multimedia materials
  10. 10. Resource-sharing, collaborative purchasing, and cooperative collection present alternatives to enhance collections, reduce not only acquisition costs. Enhancing with shared collections...
  11. 11. Resource-sharing <ul><li>the goal of many consortia </li></ul><ul><li>by knowing their strengths/weaknesses, they could take advantage of the strengths and work together to cover the weaknesses. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Benefits from Shared Collections <ul><li>Enhance library resources and services </li></ul><ul><li>Expand the breadth </li></ul><ul><li>and depth of collections </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce unnecessary </li></ul><ul><li>duplication </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce costs and space requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Maximize their use </li></ul>
  13. 13. Acquiring gifts and donations <ul><li>Manuscript collections and rare books </li></ul><ul><li>Local studies material </li></ul><ul><li>Personal/family papers </li></ul><ul><li>Periodical/serial titles of general interest </li></ul><ul><li>Reference material of timeless value </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Thank you! </li></ul>