Thinking Outside the Box: Connecting Users with Collection Building and Management: A Case Study in a Research Library


Libraries are continually focused on how to provide better service to users. This is even more critical for a research library whose users have specific information needs based on the research focus. Instead of passive reference service, libraries should think outside the box to proactively engage users from upstream, i.e. collection building and management. The purpose of this article is to share experience of how a small-sized research library makes collection building as a joint effort of faculty and librarians, as well as connects users to facilitate collection access and information sharing. As a research library, ISEAS Library mainly serves around 100 researchers from the establishment as well as visiting scholars. Unlike medium and large-sized libraries, it's not cost-effective for the Library to implement Approval Plans and Patron-Driven Acquisitions. The acquisition of materials is based on Title by Title Selection. In the first section, this article will report the successful implementation of Monthly Book Selection Programme and Yearly Serials Selection Programme, which make ISEAS researchers highly engaged in collection building. In the second section, it will discuss ISEAS Library's initiative --Info Alert. ISEAS Library has been providing various Info Alerts to research groups and external users, regarding current news, collections updates, materials on ad-hoc topics, etc. in order to raise users' awareness on the Library collection as well as maximizing the usage. ISEAS Researchers play a pivotal role in customizing and initiating Info Alert. With the joint effort, ISEAS Info Alert is getting welcomed in the Institute and beyond.

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Liang Shuang, ISEAS Library, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore

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Conference: LibrAsia2016
Stream: Librarianship - Library research and development

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