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Applying the Tiers of Assessment: A Holistic and Systematic Approach to Assessing Library Collections

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dc.contributor.author Kelly, Madeline
dc.date.accessioned 2015-11-16T15:37:36Z
dc.date.available 2015-11-16T15:37:36Z
dc.date.issued 2014-11
dc.identifier.citation Kelly, M. (2014). Applying the Tiers of Assessment: A Holistic and Systematic Approach to Assessing Library Collections. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 40(6), 585-591. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2014.10.002 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/10017
dc.description.abstract Collection assessment is a key component of collection development, budget allocation, and justification of library collections. Unfortunately, comprehensive collection assessment is daunting, subject to the weaknesses of individual tools and the overwhelming number of subject areas to assess. Few studies have attempted systematic assessment projects using multiple tools or methods, nor have many attempted to assess an entire collection subject-by-subject. This study implements an alternative to the single-tool model, combining multi-tool analysis with a systematic, subject-by-subject approach to the collection. The goal was to determine whether such a model of collection assessment was feasible in an academic library setting, providing usable data without overinvestment of manpower and resources. To this end, the method was tested in a pilot program at George Mason University (Mason), assessing three subjects at varying levels of depth. While there was concern that the methodology would prove too ambitious for full-scale implementation, the pilot yielded valuable, tangible results in a timely manner and provides a solid model for future assessment efforts at Mason and elsewhere.
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/ *
dc.subject Collection assessment en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Academic libraries en_US
dc.title Applying the Tiers of Assessment: A Holistic and Systematic Approach to Assessing Library Collections en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2014.10.002


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