A Bibliometric Model for Journal Discarding Policy at Academic Libraries

Jiménez-Contreras, Evaristo and Bailón-Moreno, Rafael and Ruiz-Baños, Rosario and Moneda-Corrochano, Mercedes and Ruiz-Osma, Elvira A Bibliometric Model for Journal Discarding Policy at Academic Libraries. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 2006, vol. 57, n. 2, pp. 198-207. [Journal article (Paginated)]


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The authors propose a bibliometric model for discarding journal volumes at academic libraries, i.e., removal to offsite storage as part of the library’s serials collection. The method is based on the volume as the unit of measurement and on user satisfaction with given titles. The discarding age, calculated for each volume, from the year of publication to the year of decision to discard, is dependent on citation half-life, relative productivity, knowledge area, and residual utility (potential consultations). The model makes it possible to predict the approximate size of a collection when a stationary state is reached in which the inflow of journal volumes is equal to the outflow from discarding. The model is also able to determine the rate of growth of the holdings. This information can be used to optimize future use of available space and economic and maintenance resources; thus promoting efficient management of the collection.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: Biliometric Methods
Subjects: B. Information use and sociology of information > BB. Bibliometric methods
Depositing user: Daniel Torres-Salinas
Date deposited: 30 Mar 2009
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:13
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/12844


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