Collection Evaluation

Section IV Collection Evaluation and Assessment - Revised August 2012

The library collection needs continuous evaluation in order to keep on target with the Library's mission to provide diverse cultural opportunities for reading, learning, and entertainment to all citizens of our community. Collection evaluation and maintenance is a high priority job duty for library managers. Statistical tools such as circulation reports, collection turnover rates, and State Library reports should be used to determine how the collection is being used and how it should change to answer patron needs. The materials themselves should be assessed for their physical condition and their use.

Qualitative standards include checking subject areas against standard bibliographic tools and recommended subject lists to be sure that the Library is acquiring recommended materials. Patron input and community/user surveys should also be used to aid in the evaluation of the library materials collection.

Through these ongoing methods the library managers and director can monitor the collection to see that it is serving its public. The Collection Development Policy should be reviewed as needed to insure a document that continues to answer the needs of the Library and its community. Through the use of the SirsiDynix Directors Station reporting module this process can occur at any time and is done in specific areas yearly.