Collection Development in today's academic library is a new animal. Our collections have effectively moved from separately managed print and electronic models to a blend of the two, including digital content, open access content, PDA/DDA programs, and varying acquisitions models. These new demands have not only changed how libraries respond to the collection development process, but how our tools function as well. What is needed more than ever is the data required to support these latest models. Evidence based collection development is no longer a wish list item, it is essential for today's academic library to manage budgets efficiently.
In this session, we will review in earnest the helpful tools and workflows available within our implementation of Ex Libris Alma and Primo including acquiring multiple formats, automatic knowledgebase updates, downloading and importing records, vendor data cleanup and enhancement, and content agnostic discovery for both staff and patrons. We will take a look at some of our canned, homemade, and shareable reports available in Alma Analytics today (as well as planned reporting) that help us to make accurate purchasing decisions and identify the resources that add the greatest value to our collections.
This session is geared towards directors and librarians alike. We encourage sharing, questions, ideas, and brainstorming to help us create and visualize the latest reports for collection development in a next generation library solution.