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Friday, November 4 • 3:35pm - 4:15pm
Valuing Consortial Resources: A Framework for Assessment

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Grounded assessment begins with establishing the goals of an institution and its users, but there is an added layer of complexity in determining value at the consortial level, where different institutions will naturally perceive the value of a particular resource differently. The shared resources of a consortium are also often diverse in both format and acquisition method. How should the relative value between e-books and streaming media be compared? Between leased and demand driven acquisitions? Between open access models and collaboratively owned models?

To answer these questions VIVA, the academic library consortium of Virginia, formed the Value Metric Task Force, charged with designing a framework for the coherent and holistic evaluation of shared resources. To ensure the development of metrics that were reflective of overarching consortial values, the task force, composed of representative members from each major type of VIVA institution, was asked to determine the highest collection priorities for the consortium and then translate these into quantifiable variables.

This session details the work of this group and the resulting flexible framework that employs weighted variables such as program levels, usage statistics, cost-per-use, and member feedback into straightforward, effective, value metrics. This framework enables a consistent approach to the evaluation of consortial resources, and empowers members to articulate the value of shared resources for Virginia students.


Beth Blanton-Kent

Collections Librarian, University of Virginia Library
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Julie Kane

Professor and Collection Strategies Librarian, Washington and Lee University
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Madeline Kelly

Head, Collection Development, George Mason University Libraries
Madeline Kelly is the Head of Collection Development at the George Mason University Libraries. She has experience in circulation, preservation, and collection development, and is most interested in finding practical ways to assess the quality and value of library collections. Before... Read More →
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Genya O'Gara

VIVA Deputy Director, George Mason University
Genya O’Gara is the Associate Director of VIVA, the academic library consortium of Virginia, which represents 72 higher education institutions within the Commonwealth. She received her MSLS from UNC-Chapel Hill, and her BA from the Evergreen State College.
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Anne Osterman

VIVA Director, George Mason University
Anne Osterman is a librarian with over 20 years of experience in academic libraries. She has worked in a variety of roles, including research data services, reference and instruction, acquisitions, and the licensing of electronic resources. She is currently Director of the VIVA, the... Read More →

Friday November 4, 2016 3:35pm - 4:15pm EDT
Cypress Ballroom South, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401