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Thursday, November 9 • 3:30pm - 4:10pm
Using What You Got: Making Informed Collection Decisions with Data You Already Have

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Libraries collect lots of data – but often do not use that information for institutional decision making. Dave Tyckoson and Kimberley Robles Smith (Librarians at California State University, Fresno) will demonstrate how their library collects, analyzes, and presents collection data to make informed decisions about their collection. Focusing primarily on print monographs and ebooks, they will present the various kinds of data available, how that data is massaged to make it useful, and how it can be shared with others.

Data will be presented from two different Integrated Library Systems (Innovative Interfaces and Ex Libris), one collection assessment tool (Greenglass), and from vendor data on ebook usage. The program will highlight the value of collecting data, how it can be extracted from various systems, and how it can be interpreted to build better collections. Questions addressed will include how to accurately compare data from multiple systems, how to establish threshold criteria for decision making, and how to present this information in ways that make sense to others.


Kimberley Robles Smith

Library - Collection Management, California State University - Fresno
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David Tyckoson

Research Services Librarian, California State University, Fresno
David Tyckoson is a librarian at the Henry Madden Library at California State University, Fresno. He is first and foremost a reference librarian and has written and presented extensively on reference service and reference collections. He teaches RUSA’s online class on the Reference... Read More →

Thursday November 9, 2017 3:30pm - 4:10pm EST
Carolina Ballroom B, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401