Michael Leach, Head of Collection Development, Cabot Science Library, Harvard, hat ein Luxusproblem:
For instance, in my own 20 plus years of collection experience at Harvard, there is always the question, „Who might use this title in 50 years? In 100 years? In 300 years?“
Rick Anderson, Dir. of Resource Acquisition Univ. of Nevada, Reno Libraries, bringt ihn und uns auf den Boden der Tatsachen zurück:
This is absolutely true for those libraries that have infinite budgets, infinitely expansive missions, and infinite space. The rest of us, unfortunately, have to make hard decisions about how to spend our limited materials budgets, how to support our local curricula, and how to allocate tight shelf space. For those of us in that group, usage statistics can be very helpful in making those difficult decisions.