With recent vast changes in formats, purchase/subscription options, and funding sources, many librarians are wondering if their existing policies, procedures, and processes are meeting their library’s needs in the current environment.
In this presentation and workshop participants will be introduced to the entire allocation, acquisitions and collection development process at the Dean B. Ellis Library of Arkansas State University. The discussion will begin with a presentation of the annual collection development calendar utilized by the Ellis Library, followed by an overview of the formula-based allocation process utilized there. The materials selection process and overall budgeting principles will also be presented.
A central theme of the initial presentation will be how these processes have changed in recent years due to the changing academic library scene.
Bailey and Creibaum will then lead attendees in a lively discussion and information sharing session to identify a variety of practices utilized by institutions of varying sizes and missions. Information gathered will be used in the development of a major survey to be conducted by the presenters, which they anticipate presenting at a future Charleston Conference.
Attendees will be exposed to a number of ideas for improving collection development and acquisitions policies and procedures in their libraries and will leave the session with a greater understanding of the variety of processes available to academic libraries.