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OCLC Research: Collection Assessment and Use Studies. Lynn Silipigni Connaway Ed O’Neill Chandra Prabha Mark Bendig Anya Dyer. OCLC Researches library collections. OCLC Researchers are exploring ways to mine data resources for information that is useful to library managers.

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Oclc research collection assessment and use studies

OCLC Research: Collection Assessment and Use Studies

Lynn Silipigni Connaway Ed O’NeillChandra PrabhaMark BendigAnya Dyer


Oclc researches library collections
OCLC Researches library collections

OCLC Researchers are exploring ways to mine data resources for information that is useful to library managers.


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OCLC Researches library collections

Data from WorldCat can provide useful support for collection decisions.


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OCLC Researches library collections

Current projects focus on producing information relevant to collection assessment and use.


Publication dates of unique titles in an arl collection
Publication Dates of Unique Titles in an ARL Collection*

*Data reported represent WorldCat holdings of a private ARL institution.


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OCLC Researches library collections

WorldCat records and netLibrary usage logs provide rich sources of research data.


Formats of unique titles in an arl collection
Formats of Unique Titles in an ARL Collection*

*Data reported represent WorldCat holdings of a private ARL institution.


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OCLC Researches library collections

WorldCat data may also be useful for:

  • collection assessment

  • attracting or accounting for outside funding

  • identifying roles of different library types


Subject areas of unique titles in an arl collection
Subject Areas of Unique Titles in an ARL Collection*

10,131

3,545

*Data reported represent WorldCat holdings of a private ARL institution.


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OCLC Researches library collections

Researchers believe they may be able to use WorldCat holdings data to estimate the audience level of individual titles.


Worldcat audience distribution
WorldCat Audience Distribution

Median Audience = 0.850

Mean Audience = 0.828


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OCLC Researches library collections

The estimated audience level of individual titles would be useful for collection development decisions, readers’ advisory, and reference services


For more information

For more information

Lynn Silipigni Connaway:[email protected]

Ed O’Neill: [email protected]

On the Web: http://www.oclc.org/research/projects/mi/default.htm


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