Kimberley A. Edwards is the Information Analyst for Technical Services at George Mason University Libraries. She received her MLIS from the University of Kentucky and prior to her current role she worked in the circulation and technical services departments of several college and government libraries. She has taught and presented on collection analysis and assessment tools and techniques at a range of national and international conferences.
- About the Authors
Are you spending money wisely? If you’re a technical services manager at an academic library, an administrator, or a dean, you’re tasked with proving it. Incorporate assessment and analysis work into your library’s existing workflow with the guidance of this new collection from the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS). Contributors from several academic libraries draw from real-world practices to suggest new approaches for acquisition and collections, cataloging and metadata, digital preservation, and e-resources and serials. You’ll find advice on such topics as
- assessing e-resource budgets, workflows, vendors, and collaborative initiatives;
- how to use multiple data sets to assess collections across subjects, formats, or other factors;
- working with data using common applications like Excel, Access, or MySQL;
- four types of preservation assessment and how to structure them for actionable results;
- ways to save on serial expenses while avoiding cancellations;
- seven key considerations for building a data warehouse; and
- benchmarking techniques for improving metadata processes
Exploring your options for assessment will lead you to the right balance of traditional and new metrics, and this book provides a valuable overview.