Brief Tests of Collection Strength: A Methodology for All by Howard D. White

By Howard D. White

For reasons of accreditation, source sharing, and institutional challenge, librarians have to determine the strengths in their collections particularly topic components. This booklet describes and illustrates a quick try for selecting a library's assortment power. even though such checks are often hired in educational libraries, the method defined by means of the writer will be important to every kind of libraries in assessing the power in their holdings.

In a time of accelerating fabric and restricted assets, libraries have to be rather sensible in finding out which fits to procure. typically, a library seeks to strengthen powerful holdings in a single or extra topic parts. Such an technique is mainly invaluable for libraries that percentage their assets with different associations. to plot their acquisitions rigorously and to be of maximum use to different consortia contributors, a library must gauge the power of its holdings accurately.

This quantity describes and illustrates a comparatively short attempt to assign libraries a rating for current assortment energy in a topic quarter. Drawing upon professional human judgment and holdings information on hand from OCLC, the attempt can help librarians in surroundings and verifying assortment degrees at the RLG or WLN Conspectus scales. assortment power is usually tested in a labor-intensive style. The short try out offered via the writer is a cheap replacement to the extra commonplace labor-intensive method of assortment analysis.

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