Role of conspectus in collection management and resource sharing

Sridhar, M. S. Role of conspectus in collection management and resource sharing. Library Science with a slant to Documentation and Information Studies, 1997, vol. 34, n. 2, pp. 91-99. [Journal article (Paginated)]


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Conspectus is an instrument, an assessment methodology and a consortia database which enables providing optimum patron specific access model for resource sharing among libraries. It helps making more informed decisions regarding acquisitions, collection development, fund allocations, budget requests, grants and preservation. A systematic "conspectus" provides many indirect benefits like i) filling-in gaps in the collection, ii) justifying use of approval plans; identifying subject areas where curricular changes dictate that the library starts or stops buying materials, iii) justifying a grant application or budget increase for training, preservation or collection development, iv) defining possibilities for increased cooperative acquisitions among local or regional libraries in subject areas of mutual interest, v) fulfilling institutional or state mandated assessment programs, vi) providing 'objective evidence' for accreditation and professional association reports, vii) defining collection development objectives, policies, procedures and short and long range goals. The paper provides a birds-eye-view of conspectus methodology, its role in collection development, collection evaluation and resource sharing as well as some problems and pitfalls in adoption of conspectus methodology. Lastly, concludes by emphasising the need for awareness about conspectus methodology among local professionals and some sincere attempts to create such access tools rather than satisfied with acronyms of library networks.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: resource sharing, RLG conspectus, conspectus methodology, collection development, collection management, library networks
Subjects: F. Management. > FA. Co-operation.
Depositing user: Dr. M S Sridhar
Date deposited: 28 May 2007
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:07


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