GME Liaison Librarian & Collections Manager UNLV Las Vegas, Florida
Background: The University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine welcomed their first class of medical students in July 2017. Prior to and during this period, the Health Sciences Library faculty worked diligently to develop a collection that would support the curriculum needs of undergraduate medical students and residents/fellows in the graduate medical education programs. While it was imperative to meet the needs of the medical school faculty, proper assessment of the collection was less urgent. Since the School’s opening, two fiscal year cycles have passed providing a rich usage dataset and therefore an opportunity to thoroughly examine the collection.
Methods: The collection assessment involved a multistep process that was outlined in a proposal and provided to the Health Sciences Library director. The process began with an environmental scan of the existing collection and acquisition practices; a review of the collection management literature to establish an evidence-based approach for assessing a health sciences library collection; a thorough review of usage statistics through two fiscal year cycles of databases, ebooks, and e-journals and a benchmark comparison report of similar collections from aspirational/peer institutions.
Results: Collections strength: The initial acquisition efforts of health sciences resources by UNLV Health Sciences Library faculty and Collections Development staff set UNLV’s collection on par with regional aspirational institutions database, journal, and ebook coverage. Collections weakness: In reviewing usage statistics for FY2018 & 2019 it was noted that certain materials were outside the collections scope and also carried poor usage. Collections gaps: In reviewing both usage statistics and benchmark data the UNLV HSL Collection lacked top-tier oncology titles. This makes sense since there is no oncology program at the UNLV School of Medicine, however this is an area to pay closer attention to for the future.
Conclusion: The assessment also provided insight into how a brand new collection was established, as well as, building a site repository to support the future development and management of health sciences library collections including storing this assessment, policies, tutorials and resources accessible to the UNLV Health Sciences Library faculty and staff. The benchmark comparison report highlighted in this poster, proved to be a very useful tool in determining how well the collection stands at present and also areas to focus on in the future.