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Saturday, November 7 • 10:45am - 11:15am
Multiplying by Division: Mapping the Collection at University of North Texas Libraries

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The University of North Texas (UNT) Libraries has developed a unique collection assessment tool, the Collection Map, to provide support for a new access-based collection development philosophy. UNT Librarians realized the limitations of traditional assessment methods to gauge the impact of emerging acquisitions models such as DDA and large interdisciplinary ebook collections. What was needed was a flexible, nimble assessment system to track access, holdings, and ILL activity for each academic discipline. The Collection Map is a database that links items, and their associated data, to any one of several dozen overlapping sub-collections via Library of Congress call numbers. The Collection Map’s unique many-to-many relationship of sub-collections to items and data enables librarians to demonstrate support for subject areas and to make more informed collecting decisions. This session will describe the components and creation of the Collection Map, including manipulation of existing systems to extract data. The speakers will show how the Collection Map is being used to support collection development activities, describe some challenges with its implementation, and share plans for improving the system. Attendees will learn about the challenges inherent in creating new assessment tools to support emerging collection types. Audience members will be encouraged to share ideas and experiences with building assessment tools and systems.

avatar for Laurel Sammonds Crawford

Laurel Sammonds Crawford

Coordinator of Collection Development, University of North Texas Libraries
Laurel has a BS in Zoology and earned her MLIS from Louisiana State University. Her research interests include collection analysis, electronic resource use and delivery, and library leadership.

Janette Klein

Graduate Library Assistant, University of North Texas Libraries

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