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Friday, November 8 • 11:30am - 12:15pm
Proving the Value of Library Collections Part II: An Interdisciplinary Study Using Citation Analysis

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At the 2012 Charleston Conference, University of Kansas (KU) librarians presented the results of a citation analysis project conducted using faculty publications in the sciences. During the subsequent year, KU librarians took the collection assessment project two steps further by gathering citation data from faculty publications in the humanities and social sciences to conduct an extensive citation analysis.

Using a random sampling of faculty publications from three departments in the humanities-philosophy, art history, and English, and three departments in the social sciences-psychology, political science, and economics, the presenters conducted a citation analysis of the resources cited in faculty journal publications. The librarians used this new data to compare the two broad disciplinary areas with the sciences, but even more importantly, they collected data that would influence collection development decisions in the individual subject areas.

The presenters tested their assumptions, expecting to find that science faculty use more journals than books and humanities faculty use more books than journals, but in some cases, the results were unexpected. KU librarians will share the analysis data for each department and discuss how they used the citation analysis to demonstrate the value of the library collections and inform collection development decisions.

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Lea Currie

Head of Content Development, University of Kansas Libraries
Lea Currie has been the head of Content Development at the University of Kansas Libraries since 2008 and employed with the Libraries in other positions since 1999. Lea’s principal role in her current position is to manage the collection development budget, review and analyze collections... Read More →
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Amalia Monroe-Gulick

Collection Assessment Librarian, University of Kansas Libraries
Amalia holds an MLS from Indiana University, as well as a BS and MS in political science from Illinois State University. She has worked at the University of Kansas Libraries since 2008.

Friday November 8, 2013 11:30am - 12:15pm EST
Ashley Room, Courtyard Marriott Historic District 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

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