Collection Assessment Principles and Practices

by Michael P. Hughes


Including a variety of assessment projects and lessons learned, this book offers the most current options for collection assessment methods and tools.

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January 2021

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 145
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Acquisitions and Collection Management/Records Management
  Management and Administration/Strategic Planning
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Take a deep dive into the various approaches to and uses for collection assessment, including examples from many libraries and a discussion of tools to aid in assessments.

Collection Assessment Principles and Practices provides a detailed look at collection assessment principles, tools, and practices in libraries, gathering in one volume information that is either lightly touched upon in other books or spread out across articles and conference presentations. It will be helpful to any librarian interested in understanding how library collections are being used—from library managers who need to maximize the effectiveness of limited budgets, to collection development and management librarians, to librarians faced with weeding or offsite selection projects, and finally to liaison librarians who want insight into how their users engage with their collections.

This comprehensive work gives readers a complete view of collection assessment, from theory to best practices for identifying and implementing the most appropriate approach. It includes practical introductions to tools used by librarians in collection assessment, and individual case studies detailing real-life assessment projects and outcomes.


  • In-depth presentation of methods of collection assessment
  • Analysis of advantages and disadvantages to each method
  • Discussion of best practices for choosing and implementing multiple methods
  • Overview of tools librarians can use for collection assessment, allowing users with varying resources to get started
  • A selection of case studies of assessment projects in different libraries, along with lessons learned
Author Info

Michael P. Hughes is associate professor and collection management librarian at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. He has worked in collections and collection management for over a decade in both circulating and noncirculating academic libraries, recently serving as collection development librarian for New York University in Shanghai. He has published on collection assessment in Collection Management and presented his work at ALA. He is active in the Collection Management Section of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services and in ACRL.

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The Evaluation and Measurement of Library Services, 2nd Edition cover imageRethinking Collection Development and Management cover imageCrash Course in Weeding Library Collections cover image
Library Assessment in Higher Education, 2nd Edition cover image

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