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Using WorldCat Collection Analysis. For Retrospective Collection Building Joseph Thomas May 2006. Rationale:. Purpose: To identify titles ECU does not own for purchase WorldCat Collection Analysis System (WCAS) allows comparison of holdings against a selected group of libraries

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Using worldcat collection analysis

Using WorldCat Collection Analysis

For Retrospective Collection Building

Joseph Thomas

May 2006


Rationale

Rationale:

  • Purpose: To identify titles ECU does not own for purchase

  • WorldCat Collection Analysis System (WCAS) allows comparison of holdings against a selected group of libraries

  • WCAS can break down unique holdings for ECU or for the members of the peer group (including titles shared among institutions)

  • For this demonstration, a peer group called English PhD Comparison was created.


Step 1

Step 1

  • Log in to World Cat Collection Analysis Individual Library Analysis:

  • http://firstsearch.oclc.org

  • (Obtain authorization and password from Joseph or Jan)


Step 2 once you select the collection analysis tab select your comparison group as data to analyze

Step 2: Once you select the Collection Analysis tab, select your comparison group as “Data to Analyze”


Step 3 after selecting the uniqueness tab click the comparison group name to see the held by

Step 3: After selecting the Uniqueness tab, click the comparison group name to see the “Held by #”


Step 4 click held by 5 to see totals by division

Step 4: Click “Held by 5” to see totals by Division


Step 5 select division that correlates with subject area

Step 5: Select Division that correlates with subject area


Step 6 view totals by category that correlate with specific area of study within discipline

Step 6: View totals by Category that correlatewith specific area of study within discipline


Step 7 next select totals by subject

Step 7: Next, select totals by Subject


Using worldcat collection analysis

Step 8: Click the number in the Uniqueness column to view titles held by the other schools, but not ECU.


Step 9 select the titles of interest from the list for export

Step 9: Select the titles of interest from the list for export.


Step 10 export items as a tab delimited file which you can open in excel

Step 10: Export items as a tab-delimited file, which you can open in Excel.


Tip on individual item record vendor info indicates availability

Tip: On individual item record, “Vendor Info” indicates availability*


Question how do you deal with large categories like american literature

Question: How do you deal with large categories, like American Literature?

  • Answer: Through further breakdowns….


Answer part 2 you can also limit the analysis

Answer, Part 2: You can also limit the analysis…


Needs and resources

Needs and Resources:

  • Awareness of department: courses taught, research, program development, etc.

  • Authorization code and password

  • Online Support: http://www.oclc.org/collectionanalysis/support/default.htm

    • Includes Conspectus map, FAQ’s, Quick Reference Sheet, and Documentation

  • If Joseph or Jan can help, please ask!


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