Using document delivery data for selecting medical titles in a large STM library

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Proceedings titleILDS Conference 2005-Paper
Conference9th Interlending and Document Supply International Conference (ILDS), September 20-23, 2005, Tallinn, Estonia
Pages# of pages: 9
SubjectCollection development; document delivery; interlending; medical information; statistics; Canada
AbstractThis paper describes how a large science, technology and medicine (STM) library used document delivery data to support the selection of new journal titles in order to better meet the needs of document delivery clients. Over a nine-month period in 2004, the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI) undertook a review of its current serial subscriptions to determine whether they continued to meet the needs of researchers at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and the needs of document delivery clients both in Canada and internationally. This paper describes the study of the print serial collection and the findings. Bibliographic data on current serial titles in CISTI's Catalogue was compared with Document Delivery data on filled orders. Further analysis was then done to extract document delivery usage data on unfilled orders. Subject analysis of the collection and usage were done by Library of Congress (LC) Classification and by user group. The data on unfilled document delivery orders identified titles not held at CISTI but from which clients were requesting articles. Data from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) was used to identify titles needed by Canadian libraries but not widely available in Canada. The findings showed that while CISTI clients were well served in most fields, there was a need to enhance the collection, notably in the health sciences and to a lesser extent, business. As a result, 135 new medical and health serial titles were purchased. The study confirmed that document delivery usage data could be used effectively to support strategic library collection development decisions.
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AffiliationNRC Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information; National Research Council Canada
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NPARC number18487253
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