SPEC Kit 347: Community-based Collections · 61
45. For each assessment method used, please indicate the subject matter. Check all that apply. N=25
Subject Internal
focus group
Statistics Comment
Collection processing 10 1 2 8 1 1 18
Collection usage 5 2 3 16 3 0 18
Collection outreach 4 1 4 10 5 0 15
Community stewardship 1 1 3 1 2 0 6
Other subject matter 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Total Respondents 11 3 5 16 5 1 25
Please briefly describe the other subject matter. N=1
Fonds are assessed before acquisition takes place to ensure the finds fit the collections mandate.
Additional Comment N=1
Curator of collection exhibition catalogue interviewed community members to solicit their stories.
46. If the library has conducted assessments of this community-based collection within the last three
years, what was the primary reason the assessment was conducted? N=14
Improving collection usage 7 50%
Funding requirement 2 14%
Promoting external stakeholder buy-in 1 7%
Promoting internal stakeholder buy-in 0
Other reason 4 29%
Please briefly describe the other reason. N=4
For library-wide assessments and in preparation for a grant application.
IJS-wide collections management survey for internal use and setting processing priorities.
To build relationships with local community and get their feedback.
To date UPenn Special Collections has not engaged in such assessments of its community-based collections. In the case
of several, for example, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), the ICA is on the Penn Campus, thus access to the
records is possible. A part time manuscript cataloger also serves as the “curator” of the collection. In the past year we
have worked closely with ICA on special 50th anniversary programming.
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