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Friday, February 22 • 10:30am - 12:20pm
Use vs. Request, Relatively: Using Circulation and ILL Data to Inform Subsection-level Collection Development in Emory Libraries’ Music Collection

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This poster presents findings about relative past circulation and interlibrary loan (ILL) requesting that can be used to address future collecting decision for books and scores in Emory’s music collection. Circulation data was used to determine how LC subsections have circulated in the past relative to all music books and scores, and ILL data consulted to determine what subsections have had the most requests, using the assessment tools Percentage of Expected Use (PEU) and Ratio of Borrowing to Holdings (RBH). Other circulation assessments were made regarding books’ and scores’ size and year of purchase. The results show that some LC subsections receive relative high use and low ILL requests (suggesting we collect well in those areas), while others receive relative high use and high ILL requests (suggesting these sections could use more collection attention, despite being popular). One subsection has relatively average circulation but high ILL requesting, suggesting it needs more collection attention. Additional findings include: books need around 5–6 years on the shelf to reach average circulation (which has implications for offsite storage) and scores circulation statistics were artificially inflated during certain acquisition years because of faulty workflows.

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Peter Shirts

Music Librarian, Emory University Libraries
Peter Shirts is the Music Librarian at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He has an M.S. in Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Carolina Academic Library Associate (CALA) working in the music library. He also was a Junior Fellow Intern... Read More →

Friday February 22, 2019 10:30am - 12:20pm CST
Midway West