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Minding the gaps: Comparing engineering research output and library holdings at four large universities

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Conference

2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015

ISBN

978-0-692-50180-1

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Delivering Value in Publishing and Scholarship

Tagged Division

Engineering Libraries

Page Count

16

Page Numbers

26.1154.1 - 26.1154.16

DOI

10.18260/p.24491

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https://peer.asee.org/24491

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133

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Michelle Spence University of Toronto

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Michelle Spence is a Reference & Instruction Librarian at the University of Toronto’s Engineering & Computer Science Library. She holds a HBSc (2004) and a MISt (2007), both from the University of Toronto. She has held positions in academic and public libraries, as well as a corporate setting.

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Amber Saundry University of British Columbia, Vancouver

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Amber Saundry is a Reference Librarian for science and engineering at the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Woodward Library. She holds a B.Sc. (2008) and received her M.L.I.S. from UBC in 2014.

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Tara Mawhinney McGill University

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Tara Mawhinney is a liaison librarian at McGill University’s Schulich Library of Science and Engineering in Montreal, Quebec. Her research interests include information literacy competencies, collection analysis, discovery search tools, and library services for international students.

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Sarah Jane Dooley Dalhousie University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-0574-4506

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Sarah Jane Dooley is Head of Reference & Research Services, and Promotions & Liaison Librarian at Dalhousie University's Sexton Design & Technology Library in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Eugene Barsky University of British Columbia, Vancouver

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Eugene Barsky is the Research Data Librarian at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He is interested in engineering information, data management in the physical sciences and has published extensively in the library literature.

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Abstract

Minding the gaps: Comparing research output and library holdings in four large engineering schoolsAcademic libraries are under tremendous pressure within their collections budgets, especially inCanada, where we have lost approximately 10% of our purchasing power due to currencyexchange rates over the last two years. With these factors in mind, are we still buying the contentin which faculty are publishing?This study compares serial subscriptions of four large academic engineering libraries in Canadato where researchers are publishing with the goal of better aligning library holdings with researchoutput. Research areas covered in the study include Chemical, Civil, Electrical, and MechanicalEngineering.The Web of Science (WoS) database (including the Conference Proceedings Citation Index-Science (CPCI-S) --1990-present) and the Compendex database will be used to extract articlesand conference proceedings published by researchers between 2008 and 2013. WoS andCompendex were selected because they capture affiliation information for each participatingauthor, something that many other engineering databases such as ASCE or IEEE do not provide.We plan to extract the citation data from the WoS and Compendex databases for our departmentsin the four engineering schools and match these with current serials subscriptions. We plan toanalyse the gaps and see whether more serials alignments are required.We are interested to see how our four large academic libraries have dealt with these collectionchallenges, and how individually (and as a group) we have aligned our engineering serialscollections to our users’ publishing patterns and needs.

Spence, M., & Saundry, A., & Mawhinney, T., & Dooley, S. J., & Barsky, E. (2015, June), Minding the gaps: Comparing engineering research output and library holdings at four large universities Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24491

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