This chapter details a collection analysis project carried out within the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) consortium in 2013-2015. This project included an analysis of 12 member libraries' main stacks monographs – a total of just under six million volumes – and demonstrates the importance of relying on established cultural support as well as the challenges of cultural change involved in library collaboration. The project stands out from other similar collection analyses conducted by groups of libraries in its central focus on using the analysis to inform prospective, collaborative collection development.
Background And Literature Review
There are varied approaches to consortial or collaborative collection analysis, often divided by format type, such as serial vs. monograph or print vs. electronic. Comparative analysis for groups of libraries and consortia often relies on OCLC WorldCat holdings for comparisons, or groups may opt to use local shared systems for their studies.
A common goal of consortial or collaborative collection analysis is to better understand how affiliated libraries’ collections might operate together as a whole. The State University of New York (SUNY) system, for example, used the OCLC/AMIGOS Collection Analysis CD to compare the monographic holdings for four members of the SUNY system so that they might have a fuller picture of the collections and their shared strengths (Dole & Chang, 1997). This type of study provides opportunities for identifying relative subject, format, or publication date coverage among the participants, as well as to identify gaps in coverage or areas of overlapping strength that might be useful in developing collaborative collection projects.