Monday, April 23, 2012

Call for proposals- ALA Anaheim, Collection Evaluation & Assessment Interest Group (June 2012)

Call for proposals- ALA Anaheim, Collection Evaluation & Assessment Interest Group (June 2012)

The ALCTS CMS Collection Evaluation & Assessment Interest Group invites suggestions for discussion topics and/or proposals for presentations related to any aspect of collection evaluation and assessment.

This Interest Group will meet at the ALA Annual Conference Midwinter on Sunday, June 24, 2012 from 1:30 pm - 3:30PM in the HYATT-Harbor Room

The charge of the CMS Collection Evaluation and Assessment Interest Group is:
  • To identify and promote useful qualitative and quantitative assessment measures that provide management information for the assessment of library collections both in the local setting and on the national and international level.
  • To promote better utilization of existing assessment measures available from vendors or publishers, as well as those developed by libraries.
  • To provide guidance to collection managers using assessment information to improve the management of electronic, print, and other library resources.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Best practices for collection evaluation
  • Comparison of locally developed and commercially produced collection evaluation tools
  • Evaluation of materials acquired via a demand-driven acquisitions service (eBooks or print)
  • Collection evaluation in a consortial environment
  • Evaluation and assessment of eBook collections
  • Collection evaluation and assessment in public libraries
  • Collection assessment of special collections (for example, subject-specific collections, e-resources) or with specific objective (such as to digitize a collection of materials or to move print materials to offsite storage)
Presentations should be about 20 minutes in length to allow for questions and discussion time.  

To submit a discussion topic or proposal, please email a brief description of your proposed topic by Friday, May 4, 2012 to Reeta Sinha (, chair of the Collection Assessment Interest Group.