Title

Assessing collections using brief tests and WorldCat Collection Analysis

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-9-2007

Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to assess the efficacy of the brief test method and OCLC's WorldCat Collection Analysis (WCA) in analyzing strengths and weaknesses of collections in three academic libraries. Design/methodology/approach – Monographic collections in zoology were assessed in the study, using both the brief test method and WCA at three institutions. Findings – The paper finds that both the brief test and WCA provide valuable insight into collection strengths and weaknesses. Research limitations/implications – This is an analysis of only one subject area and one format. Further studies might focus on other disciplines and might take into account a variety of formats. Practical implications – The study suggests ways in which collection managers might gain a better knowledge of their collection for such purposes as cooperative collection development and preservation. Originality/value – Since WCA is a newly available tool, there are few studies using this methodology. This adds to the limited literature on the brief test methodology. © 2007, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Publication Name

Collection Building

Volume Number

26

First Page

104

Last Page

107

Issue Number

4

DOI

10.1108/01604950710831898

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