Coordinator of Collection Management and Administrative Services University of South Carolina Upstate Spartanburg, South Carolina
Background: A change in nursing librarian presented an opportunity to purchase nursing/health sciences titles primarily in e-book format at a regional comprehensive university with a bachelor of nursing (BSN) and a master of nursing (MSN) in clinical nurse leadership. The purpose of this project was to identify new titles; standard resources such as drug guides; and course-related titles requested by nursing faculty members that were available to be purchased in e-book format. Objectives included working with vendors to identify e-book titles/collections, identifying gaps in the library collection, and improving collection management by creating a management schedule for reviewing these resources.
Description: In order to stay abreast of what was currently being published, the nursing librarian worked with the representative from GOBI, a library acquisitions tool, to create notification alerts for new titles and with the EBSCO representative to create notification alerts in EBSCO Collection Manager (ECM) for nursing publishers. These alerts were useful in determining when a new edition of a standard title was published. Web sites for GOBI and ECM also contained featured title collections that were regularly updated. In addition, the librarian consulted annual best book lists, such as the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award winners, Doody’s Core Titles®, and CHOICE’s Outstanding Academic Titles for the Health Sciences. The librarian contacted the Ovid, McGraw-Hill, and Elsevier representatives to inquire about relevant e-book collections. Input from nursing faculty was obtained to purchase course-related titles.
Conclusion: The alerts, the annual lists, and the featured collections were all used to identify titles. Nursing faculty feedback and usage statistics were some of the factors used in considering how often an updated edition of a title should be purchased. A management schedule was created. An Excel spreadsheet was used to track how often editions of these titles were published, how often the library would purchase updated editions, and when previous editions would be withdrawn. Moving forward, this process will improve collection management by enabling better informed purchasing decisions which are critical in a time of limited budgets.