Book Purchase Model for Academic Libraries Using Digital Humanities Tool
Most libraries don’t buy books based on a set of rules that reflect the research done at their affiliated institutions. A structured method for evaluating evolving research areas is a must have process in libraries, especially academic libraries. So, in this study, with the help of the digital humanities tool, the authors developed a book purchasing algorithm for an academic library that functions in accordance with the core research subjects and evolving research areas of that institution. To conduct this study, the researchers searched the SCOPUS database for articles published by the “University of Calicut” as of February 13, 2023, yielding 3305 publications. Voyant tools have been used to analyse the collected data. Significant changes in the area of research at the University of Calicut are observed from its beginning to its recent history (1967–2023). The analysis revealed a discrepancy between the primary subject areas of research and the book collection at the Calicut University library. The findings of this paper will aid librarians in their acquisition processes, and the institution will be able to support the research community. This study proposes a novel “Book Purchase Model for Academic Libraries” using a digital humanities tool that can be used in professional practice.
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