Use of circulation statistics and interlibrary loan data in collection management

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College and Research Libraries, ISSN: 0010-0870, Vol: 67, Issue: 1, Page: 35-49

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Jennifer E. Knievel; Heather Wicht; Lynn Silipigni Connaway
American Library Association
Social Sciences; Library and Information Science
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The authors analyzed the holdings, circulations, and interlibrary loan (ILL) borrowing requests of the English-language monograph collection at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Data for each area were mapped to conspectus subject areas, using Library of Congress Classifications, and then compared. The resulting data and subject distributions were analyzed by overall holdings, transactions per item, percentage of collection circulated, and a ratio of ILL holdings to requests. The method of analysis used in this study could be fruitfully applied to other research collections to assist with remote storage, preservation, and collection development decisions.