Roger Schonfeld is hosting a workshop during ALA Midwinter on Evidence-Based Decisions on Collecting and Collections. Registration for the workshop is now open.

This workshop is designed to help academic and research libraries make more evidence-based decisions about their collecting and collections. This session will cover the format transitions for current collecting as well as collections management, especially for monographs and other books. Participants will be encouraged to bring their own data pertaining to their college or university, such as collections usage, survey findings, and budget documents for group discussion. The workshop format will include the following components:

An overview of national-level data that help to contextualize this issue and frame some of the key issues that individual institutions may wish to consider;

  • Group discussion of strategies for incorporating evidence most effectively into institutional decision-making on these topics;
  • Group review of participants’ institution-level data, including what is useful and what is missing; and
  • Time to begin formulating institutional plans for structuring evidence-based decision-making processes on these issues.

Participants will benefit from this workshop by improving their ability to incorporate evidence into decision-making processes about collections and collecting.  Librarians who have implemented the Ithaka S+R Local Survey(s) are welcome to bring their results to the discussion.  Please note that the workshop is offered at a discounted rate for Ithaka S+R Local Survey(s) participants.

Registration fees:

$125 for Ithaka S+R’s local surveys participants

$250 for other registrants


Sunday, February 1, 9 am-noon


ALA Midwinter

Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park

State Room

200 North Columbus Drive

Chicago, IL 60601

Please contact Kimberly Lutz at if you have questions about registering.