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Beyond Circulation: Assessing Collections in an Age of Student Success: Home

LibGuide for 2018 Charleston Conference in Book and Serials Acquisition, November 7, 2018

"A comprehensive evaluation of one necessarily complex and is usually complicated. It requires considerable professional expertise and judgment and a goodly amount of tact;...the one part [of the library] that seems to be most commonly evaluated is the library's collection of books and periodicals, conceivably on the assumption that the collection is the best tangible evidence of what goes on behind the scenes in a library and of what a library is all about out front." (Bonn, 1974)

Presentation Outline

I. Introduction

  • Background information on Christopher Newport University
  • Brief history of assessment efforts
  • SACS accreditation /assessment liaison activities as impetus for assessment efforts

II. Library Assessment Plans

  • What to do; when to do it; how to do it; who should do it
  • Assessment Culture
  • Activity:  Begin your assessment plan/discussion of barriers to assessment
  • Examples of assessment plans
  • Template

III.   Current Assessment Efforts at CNU

  • Use factor: Bonn
  • Percentage of Expected Use: Mills
  • Ratio of Borrowings to Holdings: Aguilar
  • Brief discussion of CNU results

IV.  Future Collection Assessment Efforts

  • Citation analysis of faculty publications
  • Citation analysis of students' masters theses
  • Circulation as it relates to GPA and other indicators of student success
  • More focused use factor/ratio of borrow to holdings studies

V.  Questions, comments?



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