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2019 WEST Assessment Report and Strategic Planning outcomes now available – register for an informational webinar today

During 2019, the Western Regional Storage Trust performed its third program assessment, comprised of a member survey sent to WEST directors and primary contacts, two Archive Builder focus groups to gain insights about the distinct work that they perform on behalf of WEST, and three general focus groups in which library staff from Non-archive Holder, Archive Holder, and Archive Builder institutions were invited to participate in discussions about specific aspects of the program and how WEST might evolve in the future. Additionally, the WEST project team undertook additional analyses of the archived collections, deselection activities, and what materials are left to archive to supplement and enhance the assessment report.

The 2019 assessment focused on four major themes:

  • Value of WEST
  • Member Satisfaction and Areas for Change
  • Potential New Services
  • Archive Building

The findings from the member survey and focus groups as well as the results of the supplemental analyses and outcomes of the 2019 WEST strategic planning meeting will be presented by the WEST project team at the WEST Members Meeting at ALA Midwinter (held Sunday January 26, 1:00-2:30pm EST / 10:00-11:30am PST). Please RSVP if you intend to join the meeting in person. For those who are not able to join in person, remote participation will be available with advance registration:

Additionally, the WEST project team will be hosting two webinars for members who are not able to join the meeting at ALA Midwinter. Registration links for each session are provided below:

Wednesday January 29, 2020

2:00-3:30pm PST

Registration link:

Friday January 31, 2020

10:00-11:30am PST

Registration link:


The full 2019 WEST Assessment report and the outcomes of the 2019 WEST Strategic Planning session are available on the WEST website. Additionally, two addenda are available that supplement the WEST Assessment Report: What’s Left to Archive, an analysis of the remaining unarchived journals across the WEST member institutions, and a Deselection Study that analyzes WEST reported deselection activities from Cycles 2-7.