Reader Choice, Not Vendor Influence, Reshapes Library Collections

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from The Chronicle, November 7, 2010
by Jennifer Howard

Building a research-library collection has been an educated guessing game. Librarians try to figure out what faculty members, undergraduates, and other users are going to want. Then they buy the materials and hope someone will want to use them.

Often that doesn’t happen. “About 50 percent of the time, the things we pick don’t get used or don’t get used in 10 years,” says Rick Anderson, associate director of scholarly resources and collections at the University of Utah.

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