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Access-Informed Collection Development and the Academic Library: Using Holdings, Circulation, and ILL Data to Develop Prescient Collections
Collection Management (2006)
  • Jeffrey M Mortimore, Georgia Southern University
Abstract
Addressing the problem of access versus ownership and surveying uses of ILL data in collection assessment, this paper argues for a model of access-informed collection development that brings subject analysis and just-in-time acquisitions together into a single, unified method. Drawing upon the work of John Ochola, this paper articulates a method of subject analysis that combines holdings, circulation, and ILL data to determine the use characteristics of particular LC subclasses. It then combines this access-informed subject analysis with just-in-time acquisitions. This paper argues that access-informed subject analysis improves on assessment methods that do not include all three variables, and that just-in-time acquisitions augments subject analysis by providing selection guidance beyond the level of LC subclasses, as well as discrete, measurable feedback on selection decisions.
Publication Date
2006
Citation Information
Jeffrey M Mortimore. "Access-Informed Collection Development and the Academic Library: Using Holdings, Circulation, and ILL Data to Develop Prescient Collections" Collection Management Vol. 30 Iss. 3 (2006)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jeff_mortimore/8/