Assessments of the collections for Academic Program Reviews, new academic program proposals and program accreditations are conducted by the Collection Development Librarian. Any academic department needing such an assessment should contact the Collection Development Librarian directly, to insure that the information and statistics are complete, current and adequate for each type of assessment requested.
Reports can be produced using OCLC’s Collection Assessment and Analysis. This can list all material holdings (monographs and or serials) in a given subject area, and can compare our holdings to other institutions. It can also be limited to holdings within certain time periods (year or range of years). This option requires time, so it should be discussed as soon as possible, before the section about the library in a new program proposal is written.
The OCLC Collection Analysis is most often used for book and AV material. A separate Serial/journals report can be produced through OCLC if the identified comparable institutions catalog their serials using Library of Congress call numbers. Not all university libraries do this. The OCLC analysis cannot distinguish between active (currently subscribed to journals) and inactive (serials no longer subscribed to).
Assessments for serials can also identify how many serials Texas State subscribes to in broad subject fields, compared to core academic journals using Ulrich’s Serials Analysis tool. These core journals are defined by Ulrich’s, not by Texas State.
We can also indicate how individual journal titles selected by the sponsoring Texas State academic department, currently subscribed to, or proposed, rate by impact factor in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) database. JCR ranks journal titles by how often they are cited in academic/research articles. The impact factor provides a systematic, objective way to determine the relative importance of journals to research in the discipline.