Wednesday, November 8 • 6:00pm - 6:45pm
04 Assessing a Rarely-Weeded Print Monograph Collection Using OCLC’s GreenGlass : The Case of Santa Clara University Library

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In summer 2017, Santa Clara University (SCU) Library contracted with OCLC’s Green Glass (part of their Sustainable Collection Services) to provide primary-level collection assessment data to explore our print monograph collection, which had never been systematically weeded. GreenGlass is an automated collection analysis tool that offers libraries a way to measure and visualize collection attributes and filter results by multiple factors, such as date of publication, circulation, and language (https://www.oclc.org/en/sustainable-collections.html). At SCU, our focus was on evaluating our print monograph collection to implement a systematic, “rules-based” weeding project employing automated tools. The use of GreenGlass, which can specifically tailor collection data to agreed-upon parameters, allowed us to avoid one of the stumbling blocks to weeding at SCU - the emotional connections to collections built over time. Since SCU is primarily a teaching-focused university with few post-graduate departments, our constituents’ needs rarely require research-level collections. Historically, SCU library lore makes no mention of any large-scale or organized weeding of print monographs, and our aggregate collection age and redundancy reflected that lack of attention. Based on this need to weed, our research questions for this analysis were focused on the use of the collection and how it serves not only our local users, but our peer and consortial partner libraries. Our analysis needs were met with GreenGlass, since it contains a component for collection comparison to self-selected peer libraries. The results of our new collection analysis paved the way for an efficient and successful weeding project that is currently underway. This poster will share data from GreenGlass showing our “before” weeding and where we hope to be “after.”

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Tina E Chrzastowski

Head of Access & Delivery Services, Santa Clara University Library
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Wen-Ying Lu

Head of Cataloging, Santa Clara University
Wen-ying Lu is the Head of Cataloging at Santa Clara University (SCU) Library. Prior to SCU, Lu was the cataloging librarian at San Mateo County Libraries, continuing resources catalog librarian at the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, and catalog librarian and linguistics... Read More →

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