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Collection Building

ISSN: 0160-4953

Online from: 1978

Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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How to evaluate library collections: a case study of collection mapping

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Title:How to evaluate library collections: a case study of collection mapping
Author(s):Merja Hyödynmaa, (Tampere University Library, Tampere, Finland), Aniita Ahlholm-Kannisto, (Tampere University Library, Tampere, Finland), Hannele Nurminen, (Tampere University Library, Tampere, Finland)
Citation:Merja Hyödynmaa, Aniita Ahlholm-Kannisto, Hannele Nurminen, (2010) "How to evaluate library collections: a case study of collection mapping", Collection Building, Vol. 29 Iss: 2, pp.43 - 49
Keywords:Academic libraries, Case studies, Collections management, Finland
Article type:Case study
DOI:10.1108/01604951011040125 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:Received: January 2010Accepted: February 2010

Purpose – This article aims to illustrate a technique to map, evaluate and describe subject-based collections. The method was designed in collaboration among Finnish university libraries. The case study seeks to describe the application of this method in a multidisciplinary university library.

Design/methodology/approach – This case study presents the collection mapping method and its application in Tampere University Library, and shows how to gather data on subject-based collections and their usage.

Findings – The case study shows that the method can provide useful information on a library's subject-based collections. Using this information the library can describe and develop its collections and also present the results on the subject-based collections to the faculties concerned.

Originality/value – The article describes Tampere University Library's application of the method which makes it possible to map, evaluate and describe the library's collections.

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