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Wednesday, November 8 • 3:30pm - 4:10pm
Using Historical Interlibrary Loan Data and OCLC to Support, to Downsize our Print Journal Collection

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In 2014 Wayne State University closed its Science & Engineering Library (SEL) converting the building into a mediated storage collection. In 2017 the University received funding from the State of Michigan to convert the SEL into lab and classroom space intended to support our various STEM programs. This project would have a significant impact on our print journal collection, system wide, due to the 600,000 volumes housed in SEL and the limited available space to absorb them in other parts of the library system. This challenge required a radical downsizing of this collection in the most responsible way possible while minimizing the deleterious impact on faculty and student research. Our starting point was using historical data extracted from our Atlas© Illiad database covering 2010-15, in addition to other data sources. Using historical document delivery and lending data we were able to lay the groundwork for making informed decisions about retention candidates. In order to advance the project we partnered with OCLC’s Sustainable Collection Services (SCS) to provide us with access to our Illiad data, title level holdings in Worldcat to compare our titles to, and the technical expertise needed to clean-up and make sense of the data. As we began work on the project the criteria we considered included: usage, special collection status, completeness of the run held, alternative sources of access, and content issues. From a Collection Development perspective, the main focus of this project has been assuring that the faculty and students will continue to have access to the content of weeded journals and would experience minimum delay between the point of identification and having it in-hand. The goal of this presentation is to demonstrate one of many possible uses of the data currently sitting in various ILL databases that can be used to make data-driven collection management decisions.


Paul Beavers

Coordinator for Collection Development & Assessment, Wayne State University
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Andy Breeding

Senior Product Manager, OCLC
Founding partner of Sustainable Collection Services. A long-time resident of the intersection between libraries and technology. Interested in collection analytics, visualization, and data-driven decision making.
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Mike Hawthorne

Director, Resource & Collections strategy Services, Wayne State University
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Brittany Hill

Graduate Student Assistant, Wayne State University
A Graduate Student Assistant for Wayne State University Libraries, and a student in the Wayne State University School of Information Science. Interests are in youth services in public libraries, but has experience in academic libraries as well.
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James Van Loon

Science Librarian, Wayne State University Libraries
* Science Librarian at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI * MS Mechanical Engineering and MLIS from Wayne State University * Provides research and instructional support to the College of Engineering * Provides research data services as a member of the library’s RDS team

Wednesday November 8, 2017 3:30pm - 4:10pm EST
Cooper Room, Courtyard Marriott Hotel 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401