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Wednesday, November 8 • 6:00pm - 6:45pm
02 Getting Something Out of a Whole Lotta Nothing: Making Worldshare Evaluation Work for You

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In April 2016, the University of Kansas (KU) Libraries embarked on a year-long collection analysis project using the OCLC Worldshare Collection Evaluation tool, similar to a project that had been undertaken eight years earlier using the OCLC Collection Analysis tool. One librarian was assigned to coordinate the project and was responsible for developing a project plan and gathering and analyzing the data in an organized and consistent manner. From the beginning of the project, significant problems were encountered, but enough data was gathered for part of the project to proceed to the next level.

With the limitations encountered using the Worldshare tool, the focus of the project became a geographic peer comparison. Building on a recently established cooperative e-book acquisition program with Kansas State University, the analysis attempted to identify more potential collaborative collection development opportunities. The Worldshare product was used for data mining to identify strengths and weaknesses of each institution at the subject level. External data sources were also tapped to enhance the study.

In this session, KU Librarians will share their project planning process and results. Attendees will learn about the problems encountered and how those obstacles were overcome utilizing creative problem-solving.

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Lea Currie

Head of Content Development, University of Kansas Libraries
Lea Currie has been the head of Content Development at the University of Kansas Libraries since 2008 and employed with the Libraries in other positions since 1999. Lea’s principal role in her current position is to manage the collection development budget, review and analyze collections... Read More →
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Corinne Forstot-Burke

Performing Arts and Humanities Librarian, University of Kansas Libraries
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Amalia Monroe-Gulick

Collection Assessment Librarian, University of Kansas Libraries
Amalia holds an MLS from Indiana University, as well as a BS and MS in political science from Illinois State University. She has worked at the University of Kansas Libraries since 2008.

Wednesday November 8, 2017 6:00pm - 6:45pm EST
Carolina Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401