The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released Collection Assessment, SPEC Kit 352, an exploration of which collection assessment methods, measures, and practices ARL member libraries currently employ. This study gathered information on which library staff collect and analyze data, for what purposes the results are used, with whom data is shared, and how well assessment questions are answered. The survey also investigated whether the available methods, data, and tools are aligned with the purposes for assessing collections.
This SPEC Kit includes examples of job descriptions of library staff who are responsible for collection assessment, data collection and analysis policies and procedures, and examples of how collection data is used and shared with a range of constituents.
SPEC Kit 352, Collection Assessment
Karen R. Harker and Janette Klein
September 2016 • 180 pp.
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