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Making Difficult Collection Decisions, Part 2 – Analyzing Usage Data

October 28, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

When making difficult decisions about electronic resource collections, librarians often examine valuable usage data. While organizing your data is an important first step, leveraging that data to make evidence-based collections decisions requires an additional layer of skill and strategy, which we’ll cover in this workshop. Best practices for how to approach difficult cancellation decisions will be discussed. By the end of the workshop, attendees will learn strategies for leveraging usage data to identify patterns, spot trends, and recognize outliers. This workshop will build off concepts introduced in Part 1, but both parts can be viewed independently.

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 28, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm