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  1. The importance of Conspectus in collection assessment and the benefits for using its international collection depth indicators in Mexican libraries by Helen Ladron de Guevara Cox, MLS Honorary researcher in librarianship,Center for Quality and Innovation of Higher Education (CCIES) Economic and Administrative Sciences Campus (CUCEA) University of Guadalajara & Advisor, Jalisco State New Library Building Project, University Cultural Center Collection Development Workshop Governmet and Decision Making Hall-CUCEA-University of Guadalajara &.University Cultural Center IFLA Standing Committee on Aquissition / Collection Development Section Mid-term Meeting Zapopan Jalisco, Guadalajara Metropolitan Area, Mexico March 13-14, 2008

  2. Introduction of Conspectus Concept and the idea of the Great Mexican Libray Collection at National Librarians Conferences (AMBAC) Mexico • 1996 National Librarians Conference AMBAC, Oaxaca, Oax. • 2003 National Librarians Conference AMBAC, Puerto Vallarta, Jal. HLG/IFLA- A&CD Workshop/Guadalajara, Mex./March 2008

  3. Sections of Presentation • Importance and benefits of collection assessment in public and state academic libraries • Reading habits in the country and its relationship with pertinent / appropriate collections / collection depth indicators. HLG/IFLA- A&CD Workshop/Guadalajara, Mex./March 2008

  4. Objectives • Recall & follow-up of proposals, Granada, Spain workshop, March 2007 . • Set the urgency of promotion and application of collection assessment / Conspectus methodology / collection depth indicators in public and university libraries of the official / public sector. HLG/IFLA- A&CD Workshop/Guadalajara, Mex./March 2008

  5. Main goal through library provision and quality collections • Increase the country´s competitiveness within the global economy and advance the technology arena to reduce its dependence from developed countries. HLG/IFLA- A&CD Workshop/Guadalajara, Mex./March 2008

  6. PART 1. Status of collection assessment in public & academic libraries of the official sector • Rich and unique special collections. • Information gap on the evaluation of quality of library collections. • Reports / evaluation oriented towards quantity, nature . • Subject density and intensity hardly measured. HLG/IFLA- A&CD Workshop/Guadalajara, Mex./March 2008

  7. Contribution of professional library associations • ABIESI, Association of libraries and institutions of higher education. 1976. No longer in existence. • CONPAB- IES, National council on library matters of institutions of higher education. • ANUIES, National association of universities and institutions of higher education. HLG/IFLA- A&CD Workshop/Guadalajara, Mex./March 2008

  8. Benchmarking • Comparisons with Conspectus methodology. • Other similar automated collection analysis system in the market: Amigos-OCLC. • Comparison becomes crucial for quality growth. • Cooperative acquisitions. • Interlibrary loan. • Library Consortiums. • Avoid unnecessary duplicates… HLG/IFLA- A&CD Workshop/Guadalajara, Mex./March 2008

  9. Research in librarianship / collection development at Universities • University Center of Library Science Research (CUIB) National University of Mexico (UNAM). • Center for Quality and Innovation of Higher Education (CCIES) Economic and Administrative Sciences Campus ( CUCEA) University of Guadalajara HLG/IFLA- A&CD Workshop/Guadalajara, Mex./March 2008

  10. More Benefits of Collection Assessment • Facilitate strategic plans: short, medium, long term. • Develop collections to meet organizations mission and goals. • Offer appropriate infrastructure for learning, teaching, research in universities. • Satisfy information needs, education and entertainment in public libraries: IFLA-UNESCO Public Library Manifesto. • Personal development at any library. HLG/IFLA- A&CD Workshop/Guadalajara, Mex./March 2008

  11. Follow-up of proposal IFLA A&CD workshop Granada mid-term meeting • Survey on collection assessment methodologies / quality evaluation. • Indicators used for collection depth. • Contact w/ CUIB-UNAM. • Contact w/ CONPAB. • Design of questionnaire in progress. • Mailing present semester. HLG/IFLA- A&CD Workshop/Guadalajara, Mex./March 2008

  12. Part 2. Urgency to promote the usefulness of collection assessment with the Conspectus methodology and international depth indicators Relationship of reading habits in Mexico and collection development • “Alarming” rate: Average reading rate per person 2.9 books per year. CONACULTA Survey in 2005. Source: El Universal. Newspaper Mexico City.Notimex. “Los mexicanos leen 2.9 libros por año”.February 27th ,2008. HLG/IFLA- A&CD Workshop/Guadalajara, Mex./March 2008

  13. Reading Habits in Mexico Average reading per person = 2.9 books per year Source: Rosa Beltrán. Dirección del Departamento de Literatura, UNAM. In: El universal. Mexico City newspaper. Wednesday February 27, 2008. The author has cited as source: Encuesta nacional de CONACULTA, 2005. http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/notas/485661.html HLG/IFLA- A&CD Workshop/Guadalajara, Mex./March 2008

  14. Enjoyment of Reading in Mexico Source: Rosa Beltrán. Dirección del Departamento de Literatura, UNAM. In: El universal. Mexico City newspaper. Wednesday February 27, 2008. The author has cited as source: Encuesta nacional de CONACULTA, 2005. http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/notas/485661.html HLG/IFLA- A&CD Workshop/Guadalajara, Mex./March 2008

  15. Additional data related to reading Source: Rosa Beltrán. Dirección del Departamento de Literatura, UNAM. In: El universal. Mexico City newspaper. Wednesday February 27, 2008. The author has cited as source: Encuesta nacional de CONACULTA, 2005. http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/notas/485661.html HLG/IFLA- A&CD Workshop/Guadalajara, Mex./March 2008

  16. What can change? Some questions? • Has reading become obsolete? • Has the national public education failed? • Has collection development moved in the right direction? • Have we shaped appropriated collections to local needs? • Do libraries really satisfy the users needs? • Are there enough titles and duplicates in relationship with the number of current and potential readers? HLG/IFLA- A&CD Workshop/Guadalajara, Mex./March 2008

  17. More questions ???? • Does the “just in time” prevail opposed to the “ just in case” collections. • Does the above impact on access to reading? • Virtual libraries instead of hybrid ones? Or traditional ones? • Do we need more of the joint-use projects of academic and public libraries? • What tools do we need to reverse the dramatic low reading rate? HLG/IFLA- A&CD Workshop/Guadalajara, Mex./March 2008

  18. National Public Libraries Program • Established in 1983 • In 2008 has 7,210 libraries distributed in 2,451 municipalities. • Covers almost the entire country. • CONACULTA General Directorship of Public Libraries. • Jalisco counts with a network of 272 public libraries distributed in 124 municipalities. • Source: http://sic.conaculta.gob.mx/index.php?table=biblioteca&1=&estado_id= HLG/IFLA- A&CD Workshop/Guadalajara, Mex./March 2008

  19. Grand Questions??? • Which international collection depth indicators are in use to control the growth and appropriate collections to meet the users needs? • If collection depth indicators are not used, has this fact impacted in the low average reading rate of the general population, when we count with a tuition free education up to earning a B.A. degree and have a fairly good amount of public libraries in the country? HLG/IFLA- A&CD Workshop/Guadalajara, Mex./March 2008

  20. Example of research in collection development at the University of Guadalajara • CCIES-CUCEA with the support of the General Coordination of Libraries of the University. Year 2002. • Currency of monographs in the central library of CERI-CUCEA. • Analysis of copyright data covered years 1900-2000. • Results of median age years of 1975-1979 • Provided a recognition of usefulness of research on collection development. • Fortunately situation has improved also in other state universities due to CONPAB efforts. • Collection development has obtained greater status and impulse. HLG/IFLA- A&CD Workshop/Guadalajara, Mex./March 2008

  21. Collection evaluation methods & Conspectus collection depth indicators • Quantitative measures & Qualitative measures • Numeric value can work with a qualitative technique • Comparison of a subject collection with a similar one in another library. (1) • Other systems : OCLC / Amigos automated collection assessment and analysis services • All provide information on collection management issues • Information on weakness and strength of collections • Facilitates strategic planning of collections (1) Source: IFLA. Aquisitions and Collection Development Section.Guidelines for a CollectionDevelopment Policy Using the Conspectus Model. 2001. p. 4. Translated into Spanish by Dora Biblarz. HLG/IFLA- A&CD Workshop/Guadalajara, Mex./March 2008

  22. International Collection Depth IndicatorsConspectus • 0= out of scope • 1= minimal information level • 2= basic information level • 3= study or instructional support level • 4= research level • 5= comprehensive level HLG/IFLA- A&CD Workshop/Guadalajara, Mex./March 2008

  23. Conclusions • Urgent need to measure quality of subject collections in Mexico as opposed to other similar ones outside the country . • Need of a larger budget for research in library and information science in the country. • Institutions doing research in the CD field should engage in stronger cooperative work with experts in the field. HLG/IFLA- A&CD Workshop/Guadalajara, Mex./March 2008

  24. Conclusions • Understanding the weaknesses and gaps of library collections in Mexico will facilitate the application of corrective measures. • Workshops in CD and more publications in Spanish are needed. IFLA plays a key role. • Good libraries can support the advancement of the country towards international competitiveness and improve the quality of life of its citizens. HLG/IFLA- A&CD Workshop/Guadalajara, Mex./March 2008

  25. Sources • (1) Helen Ladrón de Guevara Cox. “El método Conspectus en el desarrollo científico de colecciones: Una alternativa para el crecimiento racional de las bibliotecas en México”. XXVII Jornadas Mexicanas de Biblioteconomía. Oaxaca, Oax., México. 29 ab.-1 my.1996. • (2) __________________. “El desarrollo científico de colecciones en bibliotecas mexicanas: ¿ Una utopía?”. XXXIVI Jornadas Mexicanas de Biblioteconomía. Puerto Vallarta, Jal., México. 14.-16 my.2003. • (3) _________________________.” The need to increase consciousness on collection development in Mexican libraries: Quantity or quality? : A Mexican experience. Workshop, Mid-Term Meeting of IFLA Standing Committee Section on Acquisition and Collection Development. Granada, Spain, March 8-9, 2007. http://www.ifla.org/VII/s14/index.htm#conference • (4) ibid. • (5) Asociación Nacional de Universidades e Instituciones de Educación Superior, Consejo Regional Centro Occidente. Grupo de trabajo de bibliotecas. Guía metodológica para evaluar las bibliotecas de las instituciones de educación superior de la región centro occidente de ANUIES. Marzo, 2000 pp.21-22. • (6) “Los mexicanos leen 2.9 libros al año”. Notimex. El Universal.Mexico City. Wednesday February 27th, 2008. • Full article: http://eluniversal.com.mx/notas//485661.html • (7) http:// sic.conaculta.gob.mx/index.php?table=biblioteca&1=&estado_id= • access: 28 february, 2008.12:30 p.m. • (8) ibid. NOTES: • All acronyms of Mexican organizations in the text are cited by their meaning in Spanish: CONACULTA, UNAM, CONPAB, CCIES, CUCEA, CCU, CERI.25 • The review in the Internet ( Google) under Libraries Collection Development Conspectus showed more than 51 mentions of use in Latin America: Peru, Puerto Rico… but more than 18,000 entries in other geographical areas such as Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, France, United States of North America and other countries . March 11, 2008. HLG/IFLA- A&CD Workshop/Guadalajara, Mex./March 2008