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Wednesday, November 8 • 6:00pm - 6:45pm
07 E-Preferred Approval Plans – Is This the Right Choice for an Academic Library?

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Texas A&M University (TAMU) Libraries implemented an e-preferred approval plan in December 2010. The goal was to achieve better oversight of monograph purchases, while responding to users’ increasing demands for library resources in both print and electronic formats.

To determine the impact of the e-preferred approval plan on the library’s monograph collections, an evaluation of the print and e-books purchased from GOBI Library Solutions (formerly known as YBP) in the past six fiscal years was conducted. Acquisition and usage data was analyzed in the context of the collection development policies maintained by the TAMU Libraries.
Study results support evidence-based collection acquisition and management decisions of monographs in print and electronic formats. The results also inform whether e-books effectively support the TAMU research and curricula and to what extent hybrid print and electronic collections should co-exist to support diverse user information needs.

The attendees will learn how to evaluate and tweak approval plans to adequately supply the monograph titles needed by an academic community. The project is scalable to an academic library of any size: large, medium or small.

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Simona Tabacaru

Collection Development Librarian, Texas A&M University
Simona Tabacaru is a Collection Develoment Librarian at Texas A&M University Libraries. Her research interests include: Collection Assessment, E-approval Plans, Patron Driven Acquisitions, and Electronic Resource Management Systems.

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