Graduates of the SLIM Master of Library Science degree program will be able to explain and implement the development, maintenance, and management of collections and resources to meet specific information needs.
Artifact: Community Needs Analysis – Belmont Library
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MLS Outcomes: 2, 6
MLS Values: 1, 2
LI 855: Collection Development and Management focused on the selection, acquisition, organization, evaluation, and de-selection of print and digital resources in libraries. We studied collection development policies as a means of focusing collection efforts and guarding against censorship, explored trends and issues in the publishing industry, focused on the reading choices of adults, community analysis, and collection evaluation. Theories studied in this course were examined through the lens of Ranganathan’s Five Laws (1931), as well as Jim Baughman’s PIE model (1977), which posits three spheres of influence when looking at collection development activity in a library: Knowledge, Librarians, and Users. We studied how this model is recursive and interpenetrating, leading to repeating and repeatable efforts in a process of Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating the materials included in a library collection.
For this class, I performed a community needs analysis of the service area for the Belmont Library in Portland, Oregon. This analysis used U.S. census data, raw data from a walk-around environmental scan, news and web sources, and geographic data from Google Earth to create a picture of the community living within the three census tracts that make up this service area, and compared it to a shelf measurement of the Belmont Library that organized the library’s offerings by linear yard. Additionally, I interviewed the Belmont Library Supervisor about the current state of the collection. To complete this task, I had to synthesize a large, varied amount of information in order to show how the needs of the community reflect, or don’t reflect, in the current offerings at the library. I then used this information to make systematic recommendations for collection planning, implementation, and evaluation. This shows that I can analyze, synthesize, and utilize data about the library users and non-users in a community to make focused decisions about developing, maintaining, and managing collections in a library. It also proves that I can plan, create, and put into action both collections and services that are useful and relevant to the community I serve.