Cumulative Approach to Collection Evaluation

Oke, Graeme and Tyrrell, Brian (1998) Cumulative Approach to Collection Evaluation. In: Adelaide 98, Pathways to Knowledge : Australian Library and Information Association 5th Biennial Conference and Exhibition, 25-28 October 1998, Adelaide, South Australia.


The Collection Development Policy Committee of the library considered a number of collection evaluation methods, including conspectus, to be undertaken by subject liaison librarians. The Cumulative Approach to collection evaluation was chosen as it uses aspects of several methods to provide checks and balances to overcome each method's drawbacks. The core of this approach is to base the evaluation on the course programs offered by Departments or Faculties at a campus. The challenge for the Victoria University Library is to implement more fully the electronic or digital library whilst maintaining traditional library services as required. The Cumulative Approach to collection evaluation will assist in the achievement of this aim. This paper provides the method, procedure, and basis of a final report for Cumulative Approach undertaken by a subject liaison librarian who trialed the method on behalf of the collection development policy committee. The input during the process and final report have contributed to the methodology having a soundfoundation from which the rest of the library's subject liaison librarians can move forward in the evaluation of their collections.

Item type Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects Current > Division/Research > Library
Historical > RFCD Classification > 280000 Information, Computing and Communication Sciences
Keywords Victoria University, Victoria University of Technology, Collection Development, Cumulative Approach, Library, Conspectus
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