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Friday, November 8 • 5:45pm - 6:30pm
Using Data to Persuade: A Collection Management Project at Connecticut College

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The Connecticut College Charles E. Shain Library is to be renovated in the coming year, but with only a minimal expansion of the building footprint. In order to provide for new collaborative study areas, additional individual research stations, a new technology commons/Center for Digital Scholarship, and the incorporation of a new Academic Resource Center into the building, library planners proposed reducing the footprint of the current collection by 33%. This poster session will detail the data collected and how that data was manipulated and used to build a case with faculty and staff for the needed collection management project.

Data was collected on the historic and recent use of print and digital collections, along with data on projected collection growth. In addition, an ethnographic study was completed which offered detailed information on how the building is being used currently by students and faculty. Using this information, along with data from the CTW Consortium’s shared bibliographic database and from OCLC’s bibliographic database, we were able to create a candidate list of some 45,000 items for possible de-selection. In addition, the data and its manipulation helped us educate and persuade the College faculty that a collection management project was necessary, reasonable and possible. The poster session will clearly show how data and its effective use led to a successful collection management project.

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W. Lee Hisle

VP for Information Services and Librarian of the College, Connecticut College
As CIO, I oversee all libraries, instructional technology, administrative systems, networks, and telecommunications at Connecticut College. Past professional activities include service as Chair of the Board of Trustees of LYRASIS, President of the Association of College and Research... Read More →

Friday November 8, 2013 5:45pm - 6:30pm EST
Bistro Area, Courtyard Marriott Historic District 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

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