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Collection Use Summary
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Collection Use Summary - Evaluating Your Collection by Statistical Codes
If you have been assigning statistical codes to your fiction collection (presumably the newer materials), you may have wondered what a collectionHQ report would reveal about your buying patterns. It does exist! While the report title, Collection Use Summary, does not reflect the content or seem like an intuitive term, it is rewarding to see the results of your efforts.
As I have been assigning statistical codes to new fiction since collectionHQ was introduced, I have some useful data such as the number of items with that stat. code, the total circulation for those items and the relative circulation. For example, if books were linked using the stat code “family”, and they have not circulated at all, I might consider the possibility that my community is not interested in novels involving families and discontinue purchasing this genre if the trend continues. Alternatively, I could consider promoting this genre with displays or suggested reading lists. It is important to keep in mind that this report is a broad overview meant to identify trends, and no action should be taken solely based on the data in this report. As with most reports in collectionHQ, it should be used to advise collection development decisions. Many other stat. codes in this report appear with varying percentages but reflect that the collection is being used and that my choices are meeting the needs of my individual town and the larger BCCLS community. Since this activity has not been tracked in collectionHQ for 5 years yet, the totals and data for overstocked and understocked are representative of lifetime circulation at this time.
*NOTE: Choosing Audience for Relative To would compare the data for each collection code displayed in the report against the data for its entire audience level instead (in this case all individual Adult Book collection codes would be compared against the data for all of Adult Fiction and if we had included any Juvenile or Teen/YA collection codes they would have been compared against the overall total data for Juvenile and Teen/YA respectively)*
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