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Libraries are becoming increasingly involved in publication activities.  For example, at Washington State University, an Open Journal System (OJS) instance was set up last year and the first journal hosted on it is the WSU publication LandEscapes.  The editors are using the software to support the publication of the 2012 issue and retrospective issues (example: […]

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Quantitative Data Analysis for Support of Special Collections

Hello, We are wondering if anyone is aware of special collections departments that have conducted quantitative data analysis projects to aid in data-driven management. For example, the analysis of statistics related to reading room visits, collection circulation, visitor demographics, web stats, or processing metrics to inform decisions about opening hours, outreach, staffing models, workflow adjustments, […]

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Reviews of Webpages Requested

As a member of the collection assessment community, would you please review and send comments to me (l-lyons@northwestern.edu) in regard to this evolving website http://www.library.northwestern.edu/eraca/data_bank_info/top_level/nul_databank.html? The goal is to provide support and training for librarians who have collection development duties. Thank you for any suggestions, criticisms, etc. And thanks to Joe Zucca/Penn Library Data Farm for inspiration.

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Call for Papers: Collections Assessment

Against the Grain is now accepting submissions of articles for the November 2006 issue. This issue will look at the topic of “Collections Assessment in the Digital Age.” Possible article topics: development of new technologies/systems/tools for assessing electronic collections future of collections assessment impact of the internet as a tool for collection assessment redesigning collection […]

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Two Workshops

1) Managing Electronic Collections: A NISO Workshop A two day workshop in Denver, CO (September 28-30, 2006). Day One is themed “Understanding users and usage” and includes sessions on: Measuring Your Performance to Communicate Your Story Using the COUNTER Code of Practice: A Tutorial SUSHI at Work: A Tutorial Closing the Loop with Usability Testing: […]

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The hows and whys of meeting user needs

Lynn Silipigni Connaway’s (OCLC) presentation on the hows and whys of meeting user needs is now available. The NASIG presentation, Mountains, Valleys, and Pathways: Serials Users’ Needs, draws on the user-centered IMLS-funded research findings of the “Sense-Making the Information Confluence: The Whys and Hows of College and University User Satisficing of Information Needs” study.

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ScholarlyStats and Thomson Scientific announce successful SUSHI test

MPS Technologies and Thomson Scientific have successfully completed the transfer of data between their two systems, using the SUSHI (Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative, sponsored by NISO) protocol. This joint initiative came in response to the growing demand for more in-depth usage analysis, as well as the continuing need to ease the time consuming process […]

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Collection Assessment Programs at ALA

1) Tools for Collection Assessment There is an increasing emphasis on accountability in libraries. Since collections are the largest expense after personnel in most libraries, assessment of the contents and use of collections is an important aspect of accountability. Collection analysis and the sharing of information about collections are also key components of internal library […]

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