Baker & Taylor expands tools to help libraries buy wisely

(26 June 2015) The library content distributor expands a pilot program with collectionHQ, the data analytics service for public libraries, to help librarians make acquisitions geared to patron demand.

Called “evidence-based selection planning” (ESP) the program integrates collectionHQ’s analytics tools with Baker & Taylor’s Title Source 360 ordering platform.

“Using powerful circulation-based data analytics,” a press release explains, “ESP identifies top titles based upon past circulation by author, subject and other metadata. The service offers libraries a rational, effective and efficient approach to predicting the success of titles, authors or subjects before they hit the shelf and monitors budgets through the use of collectionHQ spending plans.”

The press release is here.