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DataBank: Assessment for Collection Building

STEP 4 : Strategize

  • Plan a gradual build-up by prioritizing purchases spread over x years.
  • Demonstrate cost-savings to gain support for increased funding. For example, NUL has reciprocal borrowing privileges with the University of Chicago and Loyola University. After a collection assessment establishes what NUL does not have, priortize purchases... if the title is secondary, you can demonstrate cost-savings by listing it as something that will not be purchased due to reciprocal-privilege agreements.
  • Establish a "core" collection up front.
  • Prioritize purchases using variables such as: publication date and what is held in benchmark libraries.