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Thursday, November 6 • 11:30am - 12:15pm
Developing a Weighted Collection Development Allocation Formula

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Librarians are always looking for ways to get the most out of their limited collection development budgets. Many are revisiting their allocation procedures to see if there are better methods of distributing funds to each subject area.Arkansas State University makes annual collection development allocations to academic departments and units using a weighted allocation formula. The use of weights applied to each formula factor is key to the success of this formula. Factors include the number of students majoring in each degree program, departmental semester credit hour production at various levels, the number of faculty in each department, and the average costs of books and journals in each discipline.The presenters will discuss how the formula is constructed, factors used and why each was selected, and the assigning of weights to each factor. The basic formula will be demonstrated live during the session and attendees will be able to see how seemingly small changes in one part of the formula can lead to major changes in the results.Participants will take away an understanding of the process of creating a collection development allocation formula and leave with access to the basic version of a working allocation formula they can modify for use at their library.

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Jeff Bailey

Library Director, Arkansas State University
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Jeff Bailey was appointed Director of the Dean B. Ellis Library of Arkansas State University in 2012 after leading the library for three years in an interim capacity. In his academic library career, Jeff has held positions in both public and technical services... Read More →
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Linda Creibaum

Acquisitions and Serials Librarian, Arkansas State University
Linda Creibaum is Acquisitions and Serials Librarian at Arkansas State University, where for the last 15 years she has been fascinated at the change in library resource formats and the nature of the “problems” she solves in her work day. Linda has worked in a variety of library... Read More →

Thursday November 6, 2014 11:30am - 12:15pm EST
Drayton Room, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403