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At Jacksonville State University, additions of new degree programs have added greater importance to collection assessments as a guide for future budget planning and the accreditation process. Collection assessments give librarians and administrators an overview of the library’s collections, justification for expenditures, and disclosure of areas in need of strengthening. Assessments highlight resources and their access points, while justifying the resources’ presence to faculty stakeholders. An approachable assessment can be a valuable tool to introduce or reacquaint faculty with the collection development process and with classroom and research resources.

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Chapter 35 in Britto, M., & Kinsley, K. (2018). Academic libraries and the academy : strategies and approaches to demonstrate your value, impact, and return on investment. Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, pages 547-565.