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Applying the basics to improve the collection

Linda M. Teel (Teaching Resources Center, Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA)

Collection Building

ISSN: 0160-4953

Article publication date: 4 July 2008




This article serves as a follow‐up to an article published in Collection Building (Vol. 25 No. 4, pp. 129‐133) entitled, “Inventory: catalyst for collection development” which discussed the direct outcomes of an inventory project as they related to effective collection development in a curriculum materials center. This article aims to discuss significant outcomes of change and improvement in a collection based on the inventory outcomes.


Featuring a case study of the East Carolina University Joyner Library Teaching Resources Center, application of the shelf analysis data is used to develop a long‐range plan for implementing changes and improvements in the collection development process. Outcomes are discussed and explained.


Through assessment, budgeting and collaborative collection development, successful outcomes were accomplished significantly improving and increasing services and resources for users.


The results of an initial inventory project conducted in the East Carolina University Teaching Resources Center improved the relevancy, accuracy, reliability and circulation of the curriculum collection. Using the data from the initial inventory to conduct further assessments, this case study discusses significant outcomes that were accomplished by implementing long‐range strategic planning. This article substantiates that a collection inventory provided the catalyst for instigating major changes in the curriculum collection development of the Joyner Library Teaching Resources Center.



Teel, L.M. (2008), "Applying the basics to improve the collection", Collection Building, Vol. 27 No. 3, pp. 96-103.



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