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EXTRA SESSION ANNOUNCED: New 2019 WEST Assessment informational webinar session – February 6, 2-3:30pm PST

The WEST project team will host an additional informational webinar session to present the findings of the 2019 WEST Assessment and review the outcomes and recommendations of the in-person strategic planning session held in October 2019:

Thursday February 6, 2020
2:00-3:30pm PST
Registration link:

Join the WEST project team for an overview of the 2019 Assessment. Discussion topics will include a brief review of the history and current state of WEST, an overview of the findings from the member survey and focus groups, and an introduction to the roadmap created by WEST governance committee members at the in-person strategic planning meeting in October 2019. Brief synopses of two additional studies on deselection activities and remaining unarchived materials will also be presented. Participants will have time to ask questions and engage with the project team and members of the WEST governance committees.

This webinar will include brief program updates as well as an overview and analysis of assessment findings and a review of next steps as decided at the 2019 strategic planning session. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with program staff on all of these topics, with ample time for questions and discussion.


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 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.