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Friday, May 21 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Student Use of Library-Provided Materials: Citation Analysis across 3 Fields of Study and Using Local Citation Analysis for Improving Serials Collections

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One of the tools that collection managers can use to guide selection and retention is citation analysis. Although time-consuming to collect and analyze, citations by library users provide compelling evidence for keeping certain titles or growing collection support for specific subject areas, and may provide a good sense of which materials may be safely weeded. Citation analysis can also give an indication of how well the collection is meeting the needs of the students of the home institution. Researchers at East Carolina University reviewed nearly 23,000 citations from 171 doctoral dissertations written by candidates in three programs: Education, English, and Kinesiology. The study focused on library-provided access to journals and books and the format and ages of these items. We were also interested in titles that were cited by more than one author and across disciplines. Our research confirms that the library provides substantial electronic journal coverage and somewhat less satisfactory monograph availability. There are short-term and long-term implications for collection development and management at our institution, including review of our serials subscriptions, print holdings, and backfile purchases, as well as distribution of ebook purchases versus print book purchases. Future research on the impact of open access is suggested, and the researchers are also interested in the methods that dissertation authors are using to access materials.
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Faced with new or expanding programs, electronic resources and serials librarians want to anticipate and address gaps in their serials collections. At the same time, scholarly communications librarians want to better understand emerging faculty research areas for promotion and outreach efforts. Working together and combining collection assessment techniques and bibliometrics can provide the library with useful insights.
Local citation analysis provides an additional metric for librarians to consider in serials collection development. The results of these local citation analyses often help librarians to identify core journal sets or identify gaps in their library’s serials collections. Additionally, this analysis can uncover new faculty research areas and trends for scholarly communications outreach and education.
This presentation will share methods for conducting a local citation analysis using Scopus and comparing the results to the library’s holdings. It will also detail the presenters’ efforts to streamline the process to make it part of their routine collection analysis.
The presenters will also share a case study of how their institution used a local citation analysis to improve collections in the areas of nursing and health sciences to help meet the needs of new and fast-growing programs. Having generated a list of unsubscribed titles cited by the institution’s researchers, they will incorporate other metrics and subscription costs to determine the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of adding titles to the library’s collection. Additionally, by examining faculty’s publications and cited sources, the presenters will explore faculty research trends for promotion and outreach opportunities.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew J. Jabaily

Matthew J. Jabaily

Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian, Kraemer Family Library, University of Colorado Colorado Springs
avatar for Susan Vandagriff

Susan Vandagriff

Scholarly Communications Librarian, UCCS Kraemer Family Library
avatar for Wm. Joseph Thomas

Wm. Joseph Thomas

East Carolina University



Friday May 21, 2021 7:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
On Demand (pre-recorded)