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Making Difficult Collection Decisions, Part 1 – Organizing Usage Data

October 7, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Shrinking budgets and looming cancellations are increasingly a reality for many, if not most libraries. As librarians confront these pressures, being well-informed is essential to making difficult decisions, and usage data is one of the most powerful decision-making tools. This workshop will focus on gathering electronic resource usage data, putting it all together, and managing it in an organized way. Attendees will be introduced to the COUNTER Code of Practice and learn techniques for consolidating and cleaning up usage data in Microsoft Excel.

Michael Fernandez is the Electronic Resources Acquisition Librarian at Yale University Library, where he manages a unit responsible for acquiring e-resources in all formats. His professional interests include accessibility, usage statistics, and collection management. He has previously presented on a range of e-resource topics at forums including ALA, ER&L, and IFLA.

Courtney McAllister is a Library Services Engineer at EBSCO. Prior to transitioning to a vendor role, she worked in resource sharing, acquisitions, and e-resource management in academic and public libraries. She is the Associate Editor of The Serials Librarian, a Director for the Charleston Conference, and a NASIG Board member.

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October 7, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm