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WorldCat Collection Analysis. Lugene Schemper , Theological Librarian Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary (Grand Rapids, MI) Terry Robertson, Seminary Librarian Andrews University (Berrien Springs, MI) ATLA Collection Evaluation and Development Interest Group

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worldcat collection analysis

WorldCatCollection Analysis

LugeneSchemper, Theological Librarian

Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary (Grand Rapids, MI)

Terry Robertson, Seminary Librarian

Andrews University (Berrien Springs, MI)

ATLA Collection Evaluation and Development Interest Group

Ottawa 27 June 2008

overview
Overview

WCat Collection Analysis allows you to…

  • Analyze collection strengths and weaknesses
  • Compare collection to peer collections
  • Measure collection against bibliographies (e.g., Outstanding Academic Titles)
  • Measure collection against predefined groups ( e.g.,10 Best Liberal Arts Colleges)
  • Analyze ILL usage
calvin college and calvin theological seminary a brief overview
Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary– a brief overview . . .
  • Calvin College – 4000+ undergraduates
  • Calvin Theological Seminary – 300 students Mostly M.Div. or M.T. S; also Th.M. in various areas of theology; Ph.D. in theology (historical, systematic, philosophical, moral)
  • Seminary faculty and college religion faculty - 45
  • Hekman Library serves both institutions
  • Library has 500,000+ bound book volumes (Religion and Theology – 125,000)
  • Collection budget for Religion and Theology (books) is $90,000+/yr
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Hope College

St. Olaf College

Wheaton College

Andrews Univ.

Valparaiso Univ.

Western Th. Seminary (MI)

Trinity Int’l University (IL)

Fuller Th. Seminary (CA)

Westminster Th. Seminary (CA)

Westminster Th. Seminary (PA)

how we ve used worldcat collection analysis at hekman library
How we’ve used WorldCat Collection Analysis at Hekman Library
  • Assessing Trends in Biblical Studies Acquisitions
  • Asian Religions – Collection Assessment for new programs
  • Ongoing Collection Development in Various Areas of Religious Studies
assessing trends in biblical studies acquisitions
Assessing Trends in Biblical Studies Acquisitions

Acquisitions budget drop in 2001 (30%), mostly affecting biblical studies acquisitions.

Present data to Biblical Studies division to advise them of collecting trends.

asian religions collection assessment
Asian Religions – Collection Assessment
  • New college faculty member in comparative history of religions who requests collection development
  • Increase in college student enrollment in world religions classes
  • New seminary requirements in world religions
action asian religions
Action – Asian Religions
  • Compare collection with that of pre-defined “Top 10 Liberal Arts Colleges” by subject matter, e.g. “Buddhism,” “Confucianism,” “Japan-Religions”
  • Download unique materials in predefined group to Excel.
  • Student workers cull out records of works we already own.
  • Submit list for review to knowledgeable subject specialist(s).
action asian religions1
Action – Asian Religions
  • Compare collection with that of pre-defined “Top 10 Liberal Arts Colleges” by subject matter, e.g. “Buddhism,” “Confucianism,” “Japan-Religions”
  • Download unique materials in predefined group to Excel.
  • Student workers cull out records of works we already own.
  • Submit list for review to knowledgeable subject specialist(s).
ongoing collection development in various areas of religious studies
Ongoing Collection Development in Various Areas of Religious Studies

Defined Theology Peer Group:

  • Western Theological Seminary (MI)
  • Westminster Theological Seminary (CA)
  • Westminster Theological Seminary (PA)
  • Trinity International University (IL)
  • Fuller Seminary (CA)

Compared holdings at a subject-specific level to peer group to identify gaps in collection for works published since 1995.

strengths of wcatca
Strengths of WCatCA:
  • Ability to limit analysis in a variety of ways with a lot of flexibility
  • Ability to limit by LC number ranges and categories
  • Provision of predefined groups, authoritative lists, and self-defined peer groups
  • Ability to produce charts and graphs
  • OCLC seems open and responsive to customer feedback
a few observations
A Few Observations:
  • This tool seems to be most useful for print book materials.
  • Number of unique materials is over-reported because of duplicate records (but…)
  • Think hard about choosing “peer institutions”
  • I’ve not addressed cooperative collecting issues here, possible uses for weeding, the ILL analysis component.