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Diversity collection assessment in large academic libraries

Matthew P. Ciszek (Shenango Campus, Pennsylvania State University, Sharon, Pennsylvania, USA)
Courtney L. Young (Beaver Campus, Pennsylvania State University, Monaca, Pennsylvania, USA)

Collection Building

ISSN: 0160-4953

Article publication date: 12 October 2010




This paper aims to examine the methods of diversity‐related collection assessment useful for large academic libraries.


Several examples of diversity‐related collection assessment (circulation and use statistics, WorldCat Collection Analysis, comparison to standard bibliographies, focus groups, patron interviews and surveys, stewardship letters, and a diversity collection development statement) are explored.


Libraries wishing to assess a collection for diversity should have a clear definition of diversity in place before assessment. Many collection assessment methods useful for determining the diversity of a collection are not applicable for large libraries. Additional tools may need to be developed to facilitate this type of assessment in the future, especially at large libraries.


The paper encourages librarians at larger academic libraries to rethink how the collections are assessed for diversity needs, and illustrates methods useful in performing this assessment in larger institutions.



Ciszek, M.P. and Young, C.L. (2010), "Diversity collection assessment in large academic libraries", Collection Building, Vol. 29 No. 4, pp. 154-161.



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