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Santa Clara University and the University of San Francisco are leveraging patron-initiated borrowing data to create a deeper and more browse-able collection in certain subject areas where patrons have shown interest. This same ILL data has also been used to strengthen the meta-collection of our consortium (LINK+) through the intentional and coordinated diversification of approval plan profiles. When we began looking at our patron-initiated borrowing data, we could see that there are call number ranges where one or both universities borrow frequently. We will discuss both methodology and preliminary findings: how this data is being gathered, analyzed, and then used on our campuses to inform collection development decisions. How can one library (or a few libraries) strengthen the meta-collection of a consortium – especially without needing the consensus of all member libraries?


Presented at Charleston Conference on November 7, 2015