Building by benchmarking: A method of creating and evaluating an Asian American Studies collection

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Abstract

This article examines the methodology undertaken while investigating whether existing materials pertaining to Asian American Studies at The Pennsylvania State University Libraries could support a new academic program. Presently active academic subareas in the field of Asian American Studies were determined. Then existing collections of thirteen "benchmark" universities were examined according to these subareas and compared to the holdings of Pennsylvania State University Libraries. This method can evaluate the fitness of existing collections to new academic demands and serve as a tool for collection development by identifying present and future areas of academic study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalLibrary Collections, Acquisition and Technical Services
Volume36
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 30 2012

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  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences

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