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Call Numbers as Data-Driven Collection Management Tools

Sunday, May 5
4:35 PM - 4:40 PM
Room: Columbus KL (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Background : The physical collections of large academic institutions are constantly in flux. Increasing demands for study and active learning spaces are shrinking available shelf space, and collections decisions are increasingly data-driven. For new librarians that lack experience working with large print collections, especially in the health sciences, making informed collection management decisions about legacy collections can be intimidating.


Description : A recent case study examined a legacy collection for continued relevance to future research and instruction needs. Circulation statistics were incomplete, so in order to determine action areas of the collection, librarians consulted cataloguing records. Voyager records are returned to librarians in Excel spreadsheet format, but require cleaning in Open Refine to isolate LOC Classification Subclasses. The clean data can then be uploaded to Tableau visualization software, which projects record attributes into a single view. Librarians and stakeholders can see a snapshot of the shelf on one screen.


Conclusion : The ability to view and compare collection component ratios highlighted the strengths and weaknesses of the collection. The framework permits adding existing circulation data if available, consortial data, and shelf area. This added context provided librarians with an improved rationale for large-scale decision-making.


 

M Wynn Tranfield

Physical and Basic Sciences Librarian
Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library
Los Angeles, California

Wynn liaises jointly with the Geffen Medical School Basic Sciences and Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences within the Science User Engagement Department. She provides reference and data management consultations and instructional services. Her background is in Agriculture and Environmental Sciences from McGill University, and her MLIS was earned from the University of Washington. All roads somehow lead them back to cartographic materials. Professional interests include data curation, accessibility, and applying critical theory to library instruction.

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