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Thursday, November 6 • 6:00pm - 6:45pm
No Dust in the Stacks: Creating a Customized Local Serials Collection on the Fly

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Have you found your journal collection gathering dust? Or are your online journals suffering from lack of use? Creating a customized serials list may revive an otherwise underused collection. This presentation presents a method, in development, for creating a customizable core journal list for specialized or small academic library collections. Developing a local ranking system based on qualitative and quantitative evidence can be useful for libraries serving a newly-created program or evaluating an established one. During this session, we will explore some philosophy and best practices, and discuss how you can apply those to your own collection. The speakers will demonstrate how to rank and weight local needs alongside external measures like standard lists and peer comparisons. The method, which has been used to evaluate a niche academic branch collection, is ideally suited to solo librarians or those who have little time and few resources. Attendees will be able to use this method to make logical collection development decisions through diligent applications of gathered evidence and communicate the reasoning behind those decisions to stakeholders.

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Karen Harker

Collection Assessment Librarian, University of North Texas
University of North Texas

Derek Marshall

Coordinator of the College of Veterinary Medicine Library, Mississippi State University
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Laurel Sammonds Crawford, MLIS

Head of Collection Development, University of North Texas Libraries
Laurel has a BS in Zoology and earned her MLIS from Louisiana State University. Her research interests include collection analysis, electronic resource use and delivery, and library leadership.

Thursday November 6, 2014 6:00pm - 6:45pm EST
Cypress Grand Ballroom, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401