The purpose of this article is to describe an assessment project of the monograph collection at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Lied Library. The circulation statistics and in-house use of all monographs for the nine colleges at UNLV were assessed analyzing the last five years of data. The analysis included an assessment of the circulation statistics and in-house use of books purchased on an approval plan compared with books purchased by individual liaison librarians. The findings illustrated the fact that overall use of the monograph collection has declined over the past five years. The findings also showed that books purchased on an approval plan had slightly higher use than the books purchased by individual liaisons. The study shows that academic libraries need to monitor usage of the monograph collection to be certain that money is spent in the most efficient manner and that usage data can be helpful if there is a need to reduce budget allocations for monographs or if a reallocation of funds for monographs is necessary.
Approval plan; Circulation; Collection assessment; Collection development; Discretionary spending; Monographs; Usage statistics
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Tucker, J. C. (2009). Collection assessment of monograph purchases at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas libraries. Collection Management, 34(3), 157-181. doi:10.1080/01462670902962959
Tucker, J. C.
Collection assessment of monograph purchases at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas libraries.
Collection Management, 34(3),