About Our Collections
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Collection assessment is an “organized process for systematically
analyzing and describing a library’ s collection.”
Assessments are conducted to provide several kinds of important information
- to help clarify the library’s goals in the context of its mission
- to supply data used to set funding priorities; and
- to build a base for long-range planning and administration.
The basic premise underlying all assessment is that they
- Gather data for better collection development decisions.
- Assess how well the collection can meet the needs of present and future
- Allow librarians to see if the directives of a collection development
policy are being carried out.
- Review the performance of current selectors.
- Reduce the subjectivity that is inherent in the selection process.
Assessment techniques that can be used by school and academic
libraries include the following:
- Shelf list analysis
- List/Bibliography checking
- Shelf scanning
- Expert opinion (faculty or consultant)
- Client-centered analysis
- Computer-assisted analysis
Criteria for Selection:
1. All types of materials:
- Educational significance
- Contribution that the subject matter makes to the curriculum and to
the interest of the students
- Favorable reviews found in standard selection sources
- Favorable recommendations based on preview and examination of materials
by professional personnel
- Reputation and significance of author, producer, and publisher
- Validity, currency, and appropriateness of material
- Contribution that the material makes to breadth of representative viewpoints
on controversial issues