Proving the value of library collections has always been a concern of collection development librarians. Librarians have devised creative methods of gathering evidence to demonstrate to university administration the essential role libraries play in research productivity. In an attempt to demonstrate the value of library collections, librarians from the University of Kansas (KU) Libraries conducted a citation analysis study utilizing KU science faculty publications.
Using a random sampling of faculty from the departments of Physics, Environmental and Evolutionary Biology, and Geology, KU librarians developed lists of the citations in their publications and checked to determine if KU Libraries provides access to these citations in print or electronic format. In addition, a random sampling of the citations from the faculty publications was also examined to determine if the citations could be accessed through aggregator full-text databases, electronic journal packages, or print journals and monographs. The librarians also compared journal and monograph use and utilized the data collected as method of justifying budget allocation practices. Finally, the monograph citations were analyzed to determine the effectiveness of the approval plan profile by identifying the ratio of books that were purchased on the approval plan compared to books that were selected by librarians.
KU librarians will share their findings and discuss how they used the citation analysis to demonstrate the value of the library collections and inform collection development decisions.