Business & Economics Collection Assessment



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Business & Economics Collection Assessment

Submitted by Doug Taylor



January, 2012


INTRODUCTION
Following guidelines established by the OCLC/WLN Collection Assessment Service, which provide a framework for evaluating a library's current holdings and the level of activity of the collection development, the Business & Economics collection is rated an overall 3cP (Advance Study or Instructional Support Level; predominantly in the Primary Language). This level supports all courses of undergraduate study and master's degree programs as well as the more advanced independent study needs of the patrons of public and special libraries. Refer to the Business & Economics conspectus sheets and checklist analysis for a more detailed examination of the Library's holdings.
HOLDINGS
The Business & Economics collection contains 51,795 titles in the Library of Congress classification scheme HA – HJ, including 2,096 titles from the e-books collection. Since the 2006 assessment, 912 titles have been withdrawn as out-of-date materials. Total expenditures for Business & Economics during this period were $105,023.76 with 2,791 new titles added. These newer additions comprise 5.7% of the current Business & Economics collection.



LC Classification

Subject

Library Holdings

HA

Statistics

962

HB

Economic Theory

3,549

HC

Economic History and Conditions

7,414

HD

Industries, Land Use and Labor

21,615

HE

Transportation and Communications

1,927

HF

Commerce

10,138

HG

Finance

4,461

HJ

Public Finance

1,729

Total



51,795


Peer Institution Comparison
Below is a table comparing Universities who offer AACSB1 accredited Masters

degree programs in the subject area of Business. With the exception of the University of West Florida, the Houston Cole Library (AJB) collection compares

favorably with the others in the number of books held.


University Name

Library OCLC Code *

Business Collection **

Jacksonville State University

AJB

13,608

Auburn University at Montgomery

AAM

7,638

University of Alabama in Huntsville

MWR

6,576

University of West Florida

FWA

14, 670

Savannah State University

GSS

3,811

Jackson State University

MJU

6,461

Tennessee State University

TSU

8,838

University of Tennessee at Martin

THM

6,760

* Code: from http://www.oclc.org/contacts/libraries/

** Business Collection: From WorldCat with Indexed Keyword Search

The bar graph below illustrates the table above.




SUPPLEMENTAL SUPPORT
The Business & Economics subject areas also extend beyond the boundaries of the disciplines. A wide range of subject areas such as Sociology and Social Work; Communication; Technology; Mathematics, Computing and Information Sciences; Education; Political Science and Public Administration; and Law are also important supplemental support areas of research.
Number of titles held for various subdivisions outside the HA - HJ Classifications:


Classification

Category

Totals

HM1-HN9999

Sociology and Social History

7,573

HX1-HX9999

Socialism, Communism, Anarchism

1,758

J1-JZ9999

Political Science and Public Administration

21,438

K1-KZ9999

Law

13,071

L1-LZ9999

Education

36,559

P1-P9999

Communication

2,446

QA1-QA9999

Mathematics

10,631

QA71-QA90

Computing and Information Sciences

2,910

T1-TX9999

Technology

25,755

TITLES ADDED/TITLES PUBLISHED
Titles/Volumes Added 2007-2011

Fiscal Year
Added to Collections HA-HJ
YBP New Titles Report2
Percentage

2006-2007

604

5,251

11.5%

2007-2008

493

5,261

9.4%

2008-2009

550

5,550

9.9%

2009-2010

460

5,581

8.2%

2010-2011

562

5,767

9.7%

Total

2,669

27,410

9.7%


Monograph Expenditures for Business & Economics

Fiscal Year
Amount

2006-2007

24,791.83

2007-2008

19,716.22

2008-2009

18,621.16

2009-2010

19,061.85

2010-2011

22,832.70
Total

105,023.76


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