Revolutionizing collection development

ESP — Evidence-based Selection Planning* — brings the art of Baker & Taylor’s collection development expertise together with the science of collectionHQ’s data analytics, to create a decision support system integrated with Title Source 360 to equip your library with the information to select the right titles and quantities, for the right locations.

  • What?
  • How?
  • What?

    ESP* Decision Support System with Title Source 360:

    > Integrates with FirstLook™ services and collection development workflows

    > Identifies the top forthcoming titles based upon past circulation by author, subject and series

    > Determines the locations where copies need to be placed to satisfy patron demand

    *ESP is a service provided by Baker & Taylor, its subsidiaries and strategic partners in selected markets around the world.
  • How?

    ESP combines the art of Baker & Taylor’s FirstLook™ services with the science of collectionHQ’s evidence of circulation and demand to improve collection development.

    Art

    First Look Services managed by Baker & Taylor’s Collection Management Team have been helping librarians to make better selection decisions to ensure their collection is up-to-date with relevant current and forthcoming titles. The true power behind ESP is leveraging the knowledge base that the team has to foresee trends from a literary perspective, with the support of key data points that are driven by the analytical platform of collectionHQ.

    Science

    collectionHQ’s evidence provides the science behind ESP  and enables a scientific method of “ranking.” ESP ranking uses historical circulation evidence to predict the number of future loans a new title will achieve.  The aim of ESP ranking is to take newly published titles and automatically rank them in order of predicted demand. This will not only save time and effort for librarians, but will also provide selections that are better aligned with patron demand.

Art & Science

Some consider art and science to be opposing forces, but ESP proves that the melding of the two disciplines creates a powerful, predictive tool which encapsulates not only the hard evidence of data analytics, but the intuition and experience of human knowledge. The power of ESP has the capability to streamline up to 80% of items in collections and reduce time spent throughout the selection process.

Art & Science
Art & Science