Over the past academic year, the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) has undertaken a pilot collection analysis project with Sustainable Collection Services (SCS). This pilot has involved analyzing the main stacks holdings of 12 of the VIVA member libraries, a total of almost six million records. As is usual for an SCS analysis, the project involved comparing the pilot libraries’ holdings with each other, the consortium as a whole, the state, and the United States, as well as with Hathi Trust, the Internet Archive, and selected peer library groups.The goals for this project were varied, but unlike most library groups, which have used SCS analysis services to inform collaborative print preservation and deselection projects, a primary interest for VIVA was to use the analysis to inform future collection development. The hope was that learning about titles that had been acquired and used across this representative cross-section of the consortium could be effectively translated into collaboratively acquiring e-books in a more thoughtful, data-driven manner.
Some of the most useful approaches in this analysis have been:
- Examining widely held and highly and recently circulated books to determine shared factors such as key publishers
- Examining shelf life (how long after purchase/publication date do books in different subject areas tend to be used by patrons) as a means of informing the acquisition model selected for new e-books
- Looking for local disciplinary strengths in both uniqueness and general holding levels to inform the possibility of distributed, collaborative acquisitions
- Focusing on the print holdings of publishers recently acquired by the consortium in e-format to see if usage patterns were similar
Attendees will learn how these approaches and others have been applied to the shared data and how this analysis informed collection development conversations within the consortium. A discussion with the audience will follow the presentation.