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Assessment at Niagara University Library: Collection Analyses

Collection Analysis

Analysis of Journal Collection (Begun in July 2015.)

 

November 2015: Snapshot of Books On Loan from the General Collection. On November 4, 2015, we downloaded a list of books currently On Loan from the General Collection and categorized broadly by subject. 

Subject     On Loan    % of Loans
Literature  344 17.8%
History  231 12.0%
Religion  179 9.3%
Education  131 6.8%
Criminal Justice  93 4.8%
Business  85 4.4%
Sociology  82 4.2%
Political Science  73 3.8%
Philosophy  97 5.0%
Medicine  67 3.5%
Sciences 51 2.6%
Mathematics  49 2.5%
Social Welfare   49 2.5%
Psychology  47 2.4%
Leisure and Sports  45 2.3%
Law  42 2.2%
Music  37 1.9%
Art  34 1.8%
Technology  29 1.5%
Social Sciences (General)  24 1.2%
Anthropology  22 1.1%
Economics  17 0.9%
Statistics  17 0.9%
Military Science  16 0.8%
Modern Languages  15 0.8%
Museums  14 0.7%
Geography  12 0.6%
Bibliography  11 0.6%
English Language  10 0.5%
Modern Languages  8 0.4%

 

Conclusions. Generally speaking the  results match our expectations. Philosophy is underutilized. It is a large collection and a lot of students take Philosophy courses. But we know that the Department wants students to think on their own and doesn't require research.  The Sciences are low, but have always been so. We don't collect much in those areas anymore. Psychology too.