Collections as a Service: A Research Library's Perspective

Julie Linden, Sarah Tudesco, Daniel Dollar

Abstract

ACRL’s “2016 Top Trends in Academic Libraries” noted a “shift to the incorporation and integration of more continuous, ongoing, flexible, and sustainable review of collections,” and “an increasing need” to align collection development with “institutional research and curricular requirements.” This article describes these trends playing out at a top-ranked research library. Given the library’s long history of collecting print books, the article examines the monographic acquisitions program from multiple angles, including circulation, expenditures, approval plans, and e-book usage. There are also suggestions for additional metrics to evaluate collections as a service, as well as questions posed to frame an ongoing research and assessment agenda. The models described in this case study and the proposed research and assessment agenda can be adapted by other academic libraries, both to fit local institutional needs and as collection development and “collections as a service” are increasingly realized within interinstitutional collaborative networks.

Full Text:

PDF HTML
Copyright Julie Linden, Sarah Tudesco, Daniel Dollar

Article Views (Last 12 Months)

No data available

Contact ACRL for article usage statistics from 2010-April 2017.

Article Views (By Year/Month)

2018
January: 816
February: 333
March: 226
April: 281
May: 272
June: 117
July: 88
August: 103
September: 146
October: 229
November: 147
December: 56
2017
April: 3
May: 161
June: 38
July: 15
August: 7
September: 8
October: 8
November: 37
December: 17