Using Traditional Methodologies and Electronic Usage Statistics as Indicators to Assess Campus-wide Journal Needs: Contexts, Trade-offs, and Processes
Building upon what has been learned from earlier collection evaluation studies, this paper provides a contextual basis for evaluation studies in research institutions and discusses the most relevant methodologies typically employed in collection studies as well as a discussion regarding the trade-offs involved while making choices. The goal is to provide a methodology to achieve a broad-based understanding of campus-wide journal needs at a research university rather than the standard focus on just the specific unit or user population that corresponds to a particular subject. Throughout this paper, the Kenan Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the journal collection that supports its faculty and students will be used as an example. When available, the purposed methodology will rely on publisher provided and locally collected electronic journal usage statistics to obtain a comprehensive statistical measure of need by the entire campus population served rather than relying on partial measurements or sampling. In conjunction with global citation data obtained through Journal Citation Reports, when put into practice, the results should provide a library with the information needed to cancel journals that were less relevant or have a lower cost/benefit value. As a result, funds may be released to add more relevant titles, while simultaneously identifying needed periodicals not offered locally.
School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School Location:USA - North Carolina
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:collection development – evaluation use studies electronic journals research libraries
Date of Publication:04/13/2004