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The Complete Collections Assessment Manual: A Holistic Approach

ALA. Dec. 2020. 272p. ISBN 9780838918685. pap. $57.99. PRO MEDIA
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In this valuable guide, Kelly (director of collections, Western Washington Univ.) addresses issues that library collection developers often face, including lean budgets, the demands of accountability, and a confusing array of collection development resources. Part 1 helps readers prepare a collections assessment program based on the needs of their institution; it includes useful checklists and examples that take a holistic approach. Part 2, on metrics and methods, provides detailed instructions for implementing individual assessment techniques and preparing and analyzing the assessment data via 20 methods in the categories of collections, users, usage, and citations. Part 3, the appendixes, has assessment planning templates, helpful software to support assessment, and sample collections assessment portfolios. This manual gives users the flexibility to choose their own collection development path; readers can easily jump to the most relevant chapters or sections.
VERDICT Recommended for librarians who work with collections, or for instructors who are interested in adopting this work as a teaching tool.
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