Capstone Portfolio: Explain Theories & Models

"Explain and apply interdisciplinary theories and models relevant to managing library and information service agencies"

Artifact

An Examination of Collection Evaluation Tools and Methods For Academic Research Libraries; Annotated Bibliography,
LI810XR Fall 2009, Research and Inquiry in Library and Information Science
Instructor: Dr. Jeonghyun Kim

Reflection

My primary job responsibilities at KU included gathering and presenting statistics related to print and electronic collection usage. I was interested to learn more about the approaches other institutions had taken to answering collection-related questions and the relative costs and benefits of both their data analysis methods and the workflow changes that resulted from their findings.

The annotated bibliography represents research conducted for the purposes of answering the following questions:

  1. How do library administrators and collection managers select the best means for measuring how content is used and whether it is adequate to meet the users' needs?
  2. How do they adapt existing methods and tools to evaluate the collections at their particular institutions, given differences in size, type and mission?
  3. Are there new tools and methodologies that have yet to be explored?

Artifact

Claassen-Wilson, M., Clement, S., Ellis, E., Ghouse, N., Stratton, J. (2009). Comparing Approval and Librarian-selected Monographs. In D. Orcutt (Ed.), Library Data: Empowering Practice and Persuasion. Location: Libraries Unlimited. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/1808/4400

Reflection

The book chapter I contributed to represents the application of theory to practice, where we documented the use of circulation statistics to demonstrate the relative effectiveness of librarian-selection versus purchase on approval for several different disciplines.

I contributed a section to the chapter that outlined the methods I used for mining circulation statistics from the KU intergrated library system database, and for then presenting the data in meaningful ways for bibliographers and administrators to interpret.