A holistic collections assessment framework

For Immediate Release
Mon, 11/02/2020


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association



CHICAGO — Bridging the divide between the big picture and the nitty gritty, Madeline M. Kelly‘s “The Complete Collections Assessment Manual: A Holistic Approach,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, offers a comprehensive framework suitable for a variety of collections and contexts. With a structure that makes it applicable as both a training tool for practicing librarians and a useful course text for library students, this manual:

  • introduces foundational assessment methodologies then provides concrete guidance on how to contextualize those methodologies within a holistic collections assessment program;
  • covers topics such as assessment goals, assessment stakeholders, selecting data and methodologies, working through project constraints, and project planning;
  • includes sample assessment program structures and other useful templates;
  • provides step-by-step instructions for more than a dozen specific methodologies, describing which aspect of the collection is being measured, what goals the methodology can address, technological requirements, recommended visualizations, and other helpful pointers; and
  • shares best practices for communicating effectively with internal and external stakeholders about assessment projects, with sample communication plans that can be easily adapted.

Examination copies are available for instructors who are interested in adopting this title for course use.

Kelly is the Director of Collections at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA, where she oversees Acquisitions/Serials/ILL/Course Reserves, Collections Assessment, Cataloging and Metadata Services, Circulation, and Maps within the Western Libraries. She has authored articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings on collections assessment, and has presented and delivered workshops on the topic regionally and nationally. At the consortial level, Kelly has served on numerous committees, including a statewide e-resource assessment task force that culminated in the implementation of new holistic evaluation metrics.

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