Library Services Centre

Collection and Process Analysis

LSC is deeply committed to assisting libraries to make sure that their materials dollars are well spent.

 

To this end, we offer a number of consulting services designed to optimise library collections.

 

From Selection to Shelf


New Public Management Approach to Libraries

 

The requirements for library management and process evaluation are changing.  LSC can help.

 

LSC’s new From Selection to Shelf process review program is directly related to Irwin & St-Pierre’s (2014) article, Creating a Culture of Meaningful Evaluation in Public Libraries: Moving Beyond Quantitative Metrics. 

 

LSC is able to provide libraries with meaningful evaluations of how the library selects, orders, receives, catalogues, and processes material.  This will help management address library concerns of resource allocation, delivery methods, as well as departmental design and purpose.

  • There is no cost for this analysis nor is there any obligation to use any LSC services when implementing suggested changes.

 

LSC’s Expertise

 

LSC has more than 40 years’ experience in technical services for libraries.  We select, acquire, catalogue, and process more material than any library.  We understand statistical quality control and apply it throughout our internal processes. 

 

 

Deliverables

 

LSC will create a detailed report with our findings and present it to the library’s senior management.  The report will clearly identify potential savings and make suggestions about how to achieve them. 

 

 

Reference

 

Irwin, B. & St-Pierre, P.G. (2014, December 3). Creating a culture of meaningful evaluation in public libraries: Moving beyond quantitative metrics. Sage Open, 4(4), 1-15. Retrieved by clicking here.

 

 

Cost Effective Circulation


Using data from the library’s circulation module linked to LSC’s materials database, LSC is able to build a model of the cost effectiveness of the library’s material budget allocation.

 

This analysis can be used to migrate expenditures towards more cost effective allocations.

 

The analysis is superior to many commercial tools that perform an analysis of circulation while ignoring the cost of the material involved.