Currently performing a formal evaluation of the psychology collection of the Del E. Webb Memorial Library by way of a use-centered methodology. ( 7/2009 - 9/2011 )
It is important to look at how effectively the collection is meeting the scope and depth described in the collection policy, how the service community is using the collection, and identify strong and weak areas of the collection based on usage. Knowing what is, and is not utilized, and how the collection is supplemented has many benefits. Eventually, a number of approaches will be utilized. However, this method is useful for understanding exactly where the collection stands in terms of its immediate user group. Another benefit of this method is that the data collected can be used to pinpoint which subject experts at this institution should be approached to identify bibliographies or core lists from their specific area of specialty. In other words, within the broad subject area of psychology, this method may point to specific areas of weakness in the collection which particular faculty members might have more expertise, or interest in. Collection-centered methods did not appear to be appropriate for this initial level of evaluation since the psychology programs at LLU uniquely mix research in wholeness, spirituality, and holistic issues with clinical practice. Therefore, known checklists fail to include these special materials.