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Friday, November 4 • 11:35am - 12:15pm
Collection Development Environmental Scan: A Strategy for Informed Decision Making

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The researchers conducted an environmental scan of thirteen of Washington State University Libraries' peer institutions. The set of chosen libraries were similar to WSU in size and scope (e.g., a similar land-grant mission, or a veterinary school without a law school or a medical school). The libraries surveyed were drawn from members of the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Washington State Legislative Peer Set, and WSU's Global Challenge State Peers.

Surveys and follow-up interviews covered a broad range of collection development issues including details about administration, policies and procedures, the place of Interlibrary Loans in collection development, Big Deals, open access, textbooks, and open educational resources. Questions regarding collection funding sources, fees, and storage facilities were also covered.

This session will report on the surveys and interviews collected and show how they can inform collection managers' decision-making and collections strategy during a period of rapid change and tight budget times by providing details about how other academic libraries are handling assessments, Big Deal conversations, and journal cancellations.


Joel Cummings

Head of Collection Development, Washington State University Libraries
Joel Cummings has worked at Washington State University since 1999, first as an electronic resources librarian, then collection manager for the sciences and now Head of Collection Development. Previous positions include reference and instruction librarian at University College of... Read More →

Lara Cummings

Agriculture and Instruction Librarian, Washington State University Libraries

Christy Zlatos

Liaison Librarian, Washington State University Libraries

Friday November 4, 2016 11:35am - 12:15pm EDT
Cypress Ballroom North, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401