Collection Evaluation and Assessment

November 12-13, 2013

Hosted by Karen Harker and Patricia Reese

It’s free and open to everyone!
Registration information is at the end of the message.

Each day, discussion begins and ends at:

Pacific: 7am – 3pm
Mountain: 8am – 4pm
Central: 9am – 5pm
Eastern: 10am – 6pm

With libraries having more limited funds, there is increasing interest in ensuring that these funds are used effectively. Given that resources are a key service provided by libraries, librarians may wish to look at their collections more carefully. However, few librarians have implemented a formal and routine method of evaluating their collections. Furthermore, while there have been some recent developments in collection evaluation methods, notably peer comparison tools, many of the measures of evaluation have not changed in the last fifty years.  Finally, there is little consensus on what these measures mean or what they reveal about a collection.

With this e-forum, we hope to stimulate discussions on differences between evaluation and assessment, definitions and measures of quality in a collection, methods, measures and tools used to evaluate the collection, and what these measures actually mean.  Please join us in this discussion on “big picture” ideas, as well as “nitty-gritty” details.

Karen R. Harker is Collection Assessment Librarian at the University of North Texas Libraries. She earned her MLS from Texas Woman’s University in 1999, and her MPH from University of Texas School of Public Health in 2007. Prior to joining UNT Libraries, Karen was librarian at UT Southwestern Medical School for 10 years, followed by a short stint as biostatistician for a clinical study. She is currently revising the collection assessment plan for the UNT Libraries, with the goal of evaluating all subject collections regularly.

Pat Reese is a Science Librarian at the University of North Texas with liaison duties to the Departments of Psychology, Speech & Hearing Sciences, and Behavior Analysis. She earned her MS in Medical Libraries from the University of North Texas in 2000. With a background in Medical Technology and Medical Records she enjoys working in the more clinical side of her subject areas. Her goal is to develop the best collections possible in her assigned areas.   

*What is an e-forum?*

An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two to three days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it’s free. See a list of upcoming e-forums at:

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Instructions for registration are available at: Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the email list. Participation is free and open to anyone.

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