Many libraries work with vendors to facilitate the acquisition of content in multiple formats. As the nature of collections have changed, traditional approval procedures have been adapted at both ends to meet customer needs. Vendors provide valuable services that save libraries time and money by preventing duplicate orders, managing format preferences, and profiling new books to suggest appropriate content for collections. But how do libraries and vendors measure the performance of approval services?
At the end of this program, participants will:
1. Gain understanding of the approval process from publication to shipment
2. Learn how to compare purchasing patterns to the publishing universe (i.e. what’s available in each format/subject)
3. Learn about statistics and data dashboards that can be used to demonstrate the value of using an approval vendor
4. Have practical ideas about how to modify and improve the performance of a new or existing approval plan
This program is intended for collection development and acquisition librarians, selectors, libraries with approval plans or in need of improved ordering workflow.
Meeting Type: Program
Content Area: Transforming: E-Books & Collections
Interests: Acquisitions, Assessment and Evaluation, Collection Development, Technical Services
Type of Library: Academic, Public, School/Media Center, Special
Cost: Included with full conference registration.