Collection Views


The aim of Collection Views is to use data to help us understand how our expenditures on resources relates to subjects of relevance to different departments and colleges at NC State. To do this we mapped departments and colleges to subject codes associated with collections purchases. This enables us to view our expenditures on resources in terms of college and department demographics, such as faculty head counts, number of PhD's awarded, as well as undergraduate and graduate enrollment. This is another tool to help us understand and assess our collecting priorities.


  • Cory Lown, Digital Library Initiatives
  • Hilary Davis, Collections & Research Strategy (formerly Collection Management)

Implementation Details

Collections spending data were collected from the Libraries' Acquisitions department. College and department data were provided by NCSU's Office of University Planning and Analysis. The data is stored in the MySQL database and accessed through a web interface built with PHP and Google's Visualization API.

Reports and Presentations

Lown, C. Using Data You Already Have to Demonstrate Value [poster]. LAUNC-CH Research Forum, May 20, 2009.

Lown, C. A Novel Approach to Relating Resource Expenditures to Academic Units [presentation]. Charleston Conference, November 6, 2009.