Collection Analysis

A fundamental activity of the Eastern Academic Scholars’ Trust (EAST) is collection analysis, whereby the print collections of participating libraries are compared to identify uniqueness and overlap within EAST, show the occurrence of these holdings elsewhere both nationally and regionally, and integrate circulation activity to highlight candidates for retention on behalf of EAST.

The outcome of the analysis is an agreed retention model that consist of rules related to collection usage, age, subjects, access, holdings overlap within the group, regionally, and nationally, availability of digital copies, and commitments of other shared print programs. The Eastern Academic Scholars’ Trust (EAST) has gone through a series of collection analyses looking at both monographs and also serials/journals.

Further information on the specific methodology of EAST’s collection analyses is detailed in the Process section and a number of the Member Resources are also focused on aspects of collection analysis.