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NASIG 29th Annual Conference
Taking Stock and Taming New Frontiers
May 1-4, 2014
Ft. Worth, Texas

Established in 1985, the North American Serials Interest Group, Inc. (NASIG) is an independent organization that promotes communication, information, and continuing education about serials and the broader issues of scholarly communication. NASIG welcomes anyone interested in the serials information chain. Inspired by the United Kingdom Serials Group (UKSG), NASIG held its first conference at Bryn Mawr College in June 1986. The annual conference, usually held in late May or June, offers a premier opportunity to meet others representing the diverse interests of the serials community and to hear speakers who are on the cutting edge of scholarly communication.
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Saturday, May 3 • 1:10pm - 2:10pm
The Quick & the Dirty: Database Overlap at the Journal Title Level

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Given the decreasing budgets for collections at many libraries, librarians are looking at abstracting and indexing (A&I) resources and full-text databases with a more skeptic eye. In addition to traditional evaluation measures, such as costs, usage and faculty input, we looked at the overlap of indexing and/or full-text coverage. Those who have conducted such overlap studies have approached it at either the journal or article level. Article-level overlap studies demonstrate coverage of selected articles in the databases under study. Conversely, journal-level studies examine the extent of indexing of journals among the selected databases. Both methods are very time-consuming and require extensive resources. A simplification of the journal-level method is to compare lists of journals indexed. Two tools, Cufts and JISC's Academic Database Assessment Tool (ADAT) are very useful for this purpose, but do not include all databases. Many databases need to be manually collected. This presentation will describe the background to such a project, the specific tools and procedures used, how the results were used to address budget reductions, and the limitations of the results. Members of the audience will be able to consider using this method for evaluating their own abstract and index databases for budgetary purposes.

Speakers
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Karen Harker

Collection Assessment Librarian, University of North Texas
University of North Texas
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Priya Kizhakkethil

Graduate Library Assistant at the Collection Development Department, University of North Texas
Graduate student of the College of Information, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas and currently working as a Graduate Library Assistant at the Collection Development Department of UNT Libraries. Background in accounting and auditing, is an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Interests are in information organization (cataloging and metadata), digital libraries, user behavior, and electronic resource usage.


Saturday May 3, 2014 1:10pm - 2:10pm
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