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This presentation discusses how the use of collection mapping transformed outdated and unbalanced print collections at Florida SouthWestern State College into collections directly supporting student learning. A collection map is a data driven picture of specific areas of library collections. This approach differs from past approaches to collection development as it doesn't focus on a breadth of subject areas striving to develop a large collection of many volumes that students could possibly find useful, but rather, considers various factors including program enrollment figures, reference interactions, and course content to develop a collection that contributes to the quality and integrity of academic programs. The presenter will explain methodologies used, including the creation of collection maps, and share results the project has yielded for FSW's Rush Library.
I loved your presentation! As someone currently going through their first year of graduate school and very unsure of what type of position I want in the future, this brought me joy. I love the whole organization of everything. The charts, the tables, the tables of content, etc. I also loved that you had clear goals, clear outcomes, and used course descriptions and faculty to help in your weeding and collections.
Valerie, thank you so much for your kind words! Thank you for viewing my presentation, and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Best of luck in library school!
Thank you Victoria, it's nice to hear you found some take aways. That's the beauty of conferences right?
Good luck in getting your new library to let you start a weeding project. I found that if you volunteer to be the one in the dusty nasty books, people are happy to let you do your thing :) You're always welcome to pick my brain if you need to, my email is on my slides.
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