March 30, 2000
Attending: Landis, Armer, Larson, Judd, Brayman Hackel, Rubert, Allen, Yu
Presenters: Anne Christie, Laurel Kristick, David Johnson, and Bonnie Allen
Absent: Butcher, Horne, Beach, Twohy
Minutes approved as written.
This meeting was dedicated to a collection assessment presentation from the Valley Library Collection
Development Department. Bonnie Allen, Associate University Librarian for Collections and Technical
Services, gave the introduction. She described some of the background of OSU library collection
assessment and factors considered in selecting The WLN Conspectus method of collection assessment.
Laurel Kristick, Physical Sciences Collection Coordinator, explained the methodology of the assessment
process. She distributed five handouts that illustrated worksheets and reports used by librarians and staff
to conduct the assessment. Quantitative data gathered from reports run in the Oasis electronic catalog,
journal reviews, and bibliographic searches and were the basis for evaluating monographic and serial
David Johnson, Social Sciences & Humanities Collection Coordinator, provided an overview of assessment
results from the College of Business and the College of Liberal Arts. He distributed specific report summaries
to respective departments that were present. Johnson emphasized the importance of conducting shelf walks
with faculty to gain qualitative information for the reports.
Anne Christie, Life Sciences Collection Coordinator, reviewed assessment results in Life Sciences. She
divided the departments into two major areas, biological and agricultural sciences, discussing strengths
and weaknesses within each area as well as overall concerns and problem areas.
Laurel Kristick listed the departments in the physical sciences and discussed the overall trends found in
the results of the assessment reports for these areas.
Bonnie Allen concluded the presentation with information about current inflationary trends in serial subscription
costs and plans on how to utilize results from the assessment, specifically in Category One proposals,
accreditation reports, and future fund raising efforts. She summarized input from subject librarians who
critiqued the assessment process once it was completed. They found the study defined vulnerable collections
and areas, helping them prioritize purchasing. New program proposals in these areas must include library funds
for collection development. Allen also outlined efforts to supplement OSU collections with consortia memberships,
document delivery services and interlibrary loan agreements.
The Collection Development Department will disseminate assessment results by offering to meet with individual
departments to discuss the reports and other library collection issues. Results will also be available on the
Internet in the future.