Collection assessment is a well-organized method used to describe and analyze library’s resources. The aim of collection assessment is to give the library the needed information. This information enables the library to meet its standards of satisfying the goals, missions, and visions of service delivery towards people who often use it for learning, as well as, carrying out research from such resources (Evans, and Saponaro, 2012).
There are different methods used to carry out assessment in the library. They include collection centered, and client-centered techniques. This technique helps the library to manage its limited resources. Client centered method, is a technique, which uses circulation studies, shelf availability studies, and interlibrary loans statistics. The system can be automated or carried out manually to ensure accuracy of information is obtained (Nisonger, 2010). Once the library has this information, it becomes in a better position to provide high quality services to it clients.
Another process that is mostly applicable is collection centered. This process cross check the characteristics and contents of collection in order to establish the scope, size, and how deep that the collection is needed. Some of the techniques used are counting holdings, expert evaluation, and checking lists (Johnson, 2009). The librarians are in a better position to use this information when it comes to budgeting for library resource.
Lastly, through collection assessment, librarian managers are capable to employee qualified personnel, and avoid the problem of under employment or over employment. Nevertheless, due to change of technology and economy, there is the need to keep on cross checking and monitoring from time to time (Connaway, and Powell, 2010).
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Nisonger, T. E. (2010). Collection evaluation in academic libraries: A literature guide and annotated bibliography. Englewood, Colo: Libraries Unlimited.