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Thursday, October 17 • 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Poster #14 -- Analyzing Library Book Donations to Improve Workflows and Decision Making

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Libraries are places that support and are supported by their communities. One of the primary ways that community members support their libraries is through donations of books. I embarked on a project to understand the value of donated books compared to the investment of time in processing them. I analyzed 26 years worth of items donated to the NC State University Libraries in an attempt to better understand which types of donations provide the most value to our patrons. The poster will show my technique for assessing these donations, as well as highlight findings from my analysis of circulation and acquisitions data. This project will inform future improvements of our donations processes and workflows. It will also provide examples of how others can perform similar analyses in their own libraries, and inspire a closer look at the value of library book donation programs.

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Katharine Frazier

North Carolina State University
Interested in tech tools, programming languages, data analysis, and collections.

Thursday October 17, 2019 2:30pm - 3:20pm EDT
Piedmont 1-3