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A domestic monograph collection assessment in Illinois academic libraries: what are we buying and how is it used?

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Title:A domestic monograph collection assessment in Illinois academic libraries: what are we buying and how is it used?
Author(s):Lynn Wiley, (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA), Tina E. Chrzastowski, (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA), Stephanie Baker, (Library Technical Services, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA)
Citation:Lynn Wiley, Tina E. Chrzastowski, Stephanie Baker, (2011) "A domestic monograph collection assessment in Illinois academic libraries: what are we buying and how is it used?", Interlending & Document Supply, Vol. 39 Iss: 4, pp.167 - 175
Keywords:Academic libraries, CARLI, Collections management, Consortia, I-Share, Monograph purchase, Resource sharing, United States of America
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/02641611111187587 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:Received: 25 July 2011Accepted: 28 July 2011The authors wish to thank CARLI for the grant that supported this research. In addition, personal thanks go to Cathy Salika (CARLI), Elizabeth Clarage (CARLI), Lori Miller (UIUC Chemistry Library) and numerous students who helped with data processing.

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to determine how the I-Share collection serves its members, focusing on the state-wide use of I-Share domestic monographs (2003-2008) by subject, collection overlap (number of copies owned), publisher, and how frequently books by subject are being used and to make recommendations for future selection criteria.

Design/methodology/approach – Illinois is fortunate to have the College and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) consortium which manages “I-Share,” a 76-member shared online catalog equipped with patron-initiated borrowing using the Voyager system. I-Share successfully circulates hundreds of thousands of books annually among these libraries, dramatically broadening the scope of each member's collection. Data from CARLI's Voyager catalog databases were analyzed via Excel spreadsheets using 20 datafields.

Findings – Results found that numbers of copies purchased by I-Share and use/circulation fell into three categories: high overlap with a corresponding high use, low overlap with a corresponding low use, and a middle area with a high number of copies with low to middle use. Additional analyses by publisher and Library of Congress subject classification were also conducted. The study also allowed for a comparison of what was purchased versus what was available for purchase as represented by the database of a large monograph vendor.

Practical implications – A number of recommendations are made that should improve the effectiveness of monograph selection in the CARLI libraries.

Originality/value – The paper documents an important and thorough study which may be of help to other library consortia in managing more effectively their monograph spend.

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