Libraries are for Use

Demonstrating the value of librarianship

Post-Beall’s List

No doubt you have heard that Professor Jeffrey Beall’s blog,, with the associated lists of suspected publishers, journals and metrics, has been removed from public view at his request.  Here … Continue reading

January 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Beyond correlations: Using epidemiology to establish library value

Source: Beyond Books: The Extended Academic Benefits of Library Use for First-Year College Students Abstract The purpose of this paper was to investigate whether there are relationships between first-year college … Continue reading

January 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

To Float or Not To Float | Collection Management

Most libraries that adopt floating collections expect circulation to rise because collections will be better distributed to meet patron demand. Yet how many have analyzed whether collections perform better after … Continue reading

April 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Use of the Nation’s Library

The Library of Congress released some basic statistics regarding holdings & usage in 2015, nicely summarized by Gary Price for LJ.  The size of the LoC is well-known – after … Continue reading

February 20, 2016 · 1 Comment

Data, data everywhere in the news

Struggling to consider my blog topic this week, the problem being too many stories to choose from, I was struck by how many stories were about data.  Aha…a topic! First, … Continue reading

February 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Open Data for LIS Research

This blog is a venue devoted to improving the utility and effectiveness of libraries, librarianship, and librarians through careful study.  This inevitably involves data, a word that has recently become hot, … Continue reading

January 31, 2016 · 1 Comment

Size of colleges & libraries, circa 1930

My postings to this blog have been much more sporadic over the last few weeks, largely because I have been working on a comprehensive literature review on the subject of…(surprise) … Continue reading

October 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

UK University Journal Costs

RT @McDawg: So how much do publishers charge the likes of @ucl & @imperialcollege ? Sourced through from: Wow…this is interesting.  They provide a graphic showing … Continue reading

July 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Ideas a-Plenty

Now that my role in our annual budget review has been completed, I’ve been able to return to some of the more pleseant aspects of collection assessment.  I knew when … Continue reading

April 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

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