Making the most of unique and distinctive collections: developing new roles and approaches at LSE
LSE Library’s ambitious collection evaluation project – completed in July 2018 – followed the adoption of a strategy which placed collections at the heart of its mission and identity.
Driven by a desire to better exploit the Library’s unique and distinctive collections and a need to manage space and stock more effectively, the project drew on earlier research by RLUK and case studies undertaken as part of the JISC-funded COPAC Collections Management Tools project, to complete a comprehensive assessment of the intellectual value of the Library’s collections.
The results of the project have already changed the way we approach our collections, as well as providing a strategic framework for their long-term management and development.
In this paper we will consider the aims of the project, the methodologies used, and the challenges involved in extracting and analysing evidence from different data sources. We will outline the project’s findings and recommendations, and discuss how we have begun to implement them.